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Small holes in the wood? Buckling paint? Mud tunnels? Just a few of the signs that you might have a need for a termite inspection in your Houston, TX home or business. As with many things in life, knowledge is power! Read through the following to find out more about the signs of these pesky bugs, and how you can find the best company for help in Houston, TX.

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3 Main Types

 

There are 3 types of these wood-eating bugs in the Houston, TX area and they include the following:

 

  • Dry Wood
  • Subterranean
  • Formosan

 

The most common type is subterranean. In fact, this is the type of this insect that you will find most often in the Houston, TX area, and the one most requested for termite control. They cause 95% of the frustrating damage to home and business owner’s structures each year. The reason for so much damage in Houston, TX is because these subterranean munchers get their nutrition from cellulose, and you guessed it: wood and wood products contain cellulose.

Telltale Signs in Houston, TX

 

You’ve noticed a few signs that may indicate whether or not you have an infestation. The telltale signs that normally accompany these bad boys in Houston, TX homes are:

 

  • Water damage-like appearance
  • Swollen floors and ceilings
  • Slight moldy or musty smell
  • Mud tunnels: flat and muddy looking, about the width of a pencil
  • Hollow sounding wood
  • Swarms: Winged insects forms swarming tubes next to the structure and attraction to the light.

 

If you see any or all of these signs, you need termite control in Houston, TX. But, how did these insects even make it into your home in the first place, and what can you do to evict them?

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Problematic Construction Practices

 

One of the biggest contributors to an infestation in Houston, TX is troubling construction practices. A few simple mistakes during the construction of your home, can have a big impact on how easily these pests can access your Houston, TX home. Some of the biggest facets of problematic construction that can lead to an infestation include the following:

  • Drainage Issues: The grading of your Houston, TX landscape can be faulty, leading to insufficient drainage of water away from your home. You may also have eaves that are insufficiently extended, or downspouts that are not long enough to carry run-off away from your home’s foundation. All of these elements lead to moisture along your foundation--an ideal home for these pests.
  • Wood in Soil Contact: If you have wood buried in or even near the edge of your soil, you’ve given a solid and direct pathway for these pests to enter your home and this might lead to a need for termite control.
  • Leftover Building Materials: Did you know that sometimes leftover building materials, including wood materials, are backfilled into your porch, or slab area? This backfilling leaves a perfect source of cellulose, and a perfect home for these subterranean insects in Houston, TX. Another problematic construction practice is to leave wood debris inside concrete masonry units or CMU’s; as well as leaving grade stakes, form boards, and spacers in the slab.
  • Landscaping: While troublesome landscaping might not fall under a lack of care practice when considering construction in Houston, TX, it definitely can be problematic if not graded correctly. You also send an invitation to these creatures when mulch or gravel is spread against the building’s foundation. This practice allows moisture to be held against the foundation, creating a prime habitat for living and foraging.

As you can see, when it comes to protecting your Houston, TX home against wood damage, you must mitigate the soil to wood contact as well as ensure proper drainage to keep the soil by your foundation as dry as possible.

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Home Inspection

 

At this point, you probably have a good idea whether you need the services of a reputable company for  termite inspection in Houston, TX. When you have a termite inspection done, all of the dirty work of crawling into spider web-infested, dusty crawlspaces, and around the foundation, is done by the professionals.

As the inspection is conducted interior and exterior surfaces of the foundation are examined and any wood in the basement or crawlspace are examined. Additionally, these other points may be inspected:

 

  • Spaces where a porch, steps, or slabs join with wood structures
  • All wooden portions of the foundation and lower level of the home such as sills, sub floors, basement window frames, support posts and piers, and joists
  • All CMU’s, bricks construction, expansion joints, and cracks in cement
  • They may also inspect scrap wood around the home, old tree stumps, wood fencing, and exterior frames of basement windows

 

 

An inspection will also include looking for swarms or discarded wings. While you can do an inspection yourself, it is best to have a professional in Houston, TX help you out to avoid missing the signs of a beginning infestation.

Termite Control in Houston, TX

 

When it comes to controlling these pests, after the initial termite inspection the treatment can range from chemical treatment around the base of your home, to baiting practices. Each option varies in price as well as its success in eradicating the bugs that have invaded your home. It is always best to discuss your options with a professional and reputable pest control company, such as Solution Pest Control in Houston, TX.

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Solution Pest Control

15200 Middlebrook Dr, Suite L

Houston, TX 77058

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