Houston Termite Control

Keeping Greater Houston Homes & Businesses Termite-Free

Unless you live in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, where snow and ice cover the ground for well over half of the average year, there’s a good chance that there are termites underfoot. Termites are one of the most plentiful insects on the planet, and every year they infest a whopping five million homes.

When your home is your most important investment, the last thing you want to leave its protection to is guesswork. Nearly two decades and thousands of homes serviced later, we remain one of the most renowned and reliable names for termite control in Houston, TX. Customers know they can come to Preventive Pest Control when they demand results. We’ll ensure we get the job done right, so your peace of mind is entirely uncompromised.

What are Termites?

Termites are destructive pests that pose a significant threat to homes and structures, including those in Houston. These insects are known for their ability to silently and steadily devour wood, causing extensive damage to buildings, furniture, and other wooden elements. Termites primarily feed on cellulose, a key component in wood, paper, and other plant materials.

By addressing potential termite issues before they escalate, Preventive Pest Control not only protects your property but also provides peace of mind. Timely intervention and effective preventive measures can save you from the headaches and expenses associated with termite damage. Trust in the expertise of pest control professionals to create a termite-free environment and preserve the structural integrity of your home in Houston.

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Call Preventive Pest Control at (713) 955-7405 today and we’ll help you get started on solving the problem!

Termite Damages in Houston

Termites are unwelcome pests in many homes and businesses, as they can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. Here in the Houston area, thousands or tens of thousands of homes are damaged by these tiny insects every year, to the tune of millions of dollars worth of damage.

Think you’re going to get help fixing it from your insurance company? Think again: insurance companies view termite damage as preventable, and they don’t cover it. You need a comprehensive inspection, treatment, and termite control in Houston and the surrounding areas.

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Why Choose Preventive Pest Control for Termite Treatment in Houston?

Here at Preventive Pest Control, termites are our specialty. Our pest exterminators in Houston have been highly-trained in termite behavior, signs of termite damage, and tools and techniques to stop and remove termite problems for good. 

We don’t just locate termites; we find where they’ve found their way into your home, how much damage they have caused, and how you can stop them from continuing to wreak havoc on your home’s structure. We use the latest methods, including the Sentricon® termite system—one of the most effective termite prevention systems available today. 

We offer termite control in Houston for residential and commercial structures, meaning you can give us a call for any termite problems you might have!

  • The staff at preventive pest control are always professional and make sure to listen and respond quickly to any and all questions and issues we see. I would recommend them to everyone!

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Termite FAQs

How Can You Tell If You Have a Termite Problem?

A single termite may not be able to do all that much, but the problem is termites are never alone—they’re usually backed up by thousands or even millions of others in a single colony. 

A termite colony of that size could cause thousands and thousands of dollars of damage to your home in as little as a few months, and you may never even have been aware they were there. 

You can’t afford to take that risk; check out some of the signs of termites below and call right away if you find any of them.

Below are signs you have a termite problem and should request inspection and treatment:

  • Termite droppings
  • Papery or hollow-sounding timber
  • Visible tunnels in visible wood
  • Tight-fitting doors or hard-to-open windows
  • White ants walking through your home (they aren’t ants, they’re termites)
  • A very soft tapping sound inside your walls (this is the sound of termite soldiers communicating)
  • Flying termites (swarmers, a type of termite intended to spread and form new colonies)

What Do Termites Look Like?

Termites vary in appearance depending on their role in the colony. 

  • Workers, the most common caste, are pale, soft-bodied insects, about 1/4 inch long, with straight antennae and a uniform, creamy color. 
  • Soldiers have larger, darker heads with powerful jaws for defense. 
  • Reproductive termites, also known as swarmers or alates, have wings and are darker, with straight antennae and a robust body. They resemble flying ants but have a straighter waist, equal-length wings, and shed their wings after swarming. 

Knowing these distinctions is essential for early detection and effective termite control.

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How Do You Tell the Difference Between Termites & Carpenter Ants?

Termites and carpenter ants share similarities but have distinct features. Termites have straight, bead-like antennae, uniform color, and soft bodies. Their waist is thick and not easily distinguishable from the rest of the body. 

Carpenter ants, on the other hand, have bent antennae, segmented bodies with a narrow waist, and elbowed, jointed antennae. They are usually larger than termites and come in various colors. Additionally, carpenter ants don't eat wood but excavate it for nesting, leaving behind sawdust-like frass. 

Knowing these differences helps in accurate identification and enables targeted pest control measures. If uncertain, consult a professional for proper diagnosis.

How Do You Get Rid of Termites?

Consulting a licensed pest control expert is crucial for a targeted and effective termite elimination plan. They will start by conducting a thorough inspection to identify the extent of the infestation. 

Then, your termite exterminator will present options like chemical treatments (termiticides), bait systems, or fumigation, depending on the severity of the infestation. Non-toxic alternatives can potentially be used for smaller infestations. 

Regular maintenance, like fixing leaks and removing wood-to-soil contact, helps prevent re-infestation. 

How Can You Prevent The Need For Termite Control?

  • Avoid wood-to-soil contact - The best way to avoid termites altogether is to ensure that all wooden floorboards are elevated off of the ground during the construction of your home. Keep firewood and anything else that's wooden off the ground.
  • Dehumidify and questionable areas - If you have any crawl spaces or wooden areas underneath your deck, you should consider installing a dehumidifier to avoid calling in our Houston termite control experts.
  • Avoid using mulch if possible - Since mulch does an excellent job retaining moisture, termites love it even if they don't necessarily feast on it. Try using gravel or rocks as a substitute and if you must use mulch, make sure it's not touching your home.
  • Act quickly on slab leaks or any moisture around your foundation- Not only can slab leaks throw off the entire foundation of your home, but they can provide termites with the moisture level they need to thrive.

Do Termites Bite?

While they do have small mandibles, termites mainly attack wood, not humans. That doesn't take away from the other problems these nasty pests cause though. Termites feed on cellulose found in wood and paper products, quickly destroying anything made of these materials in their path. While it's true that they can be beneficial to nature in breaking down dead and decaying matter, any home structure built with wood is susceptible to termite infestation and all the costly repairs that come with it.

Are Termites Harmful to Humans?

Termites themselves are not directly harmful to humans. Unlike some other pests, termites do not pose a direct threat to human health or safety. They don't bite, sting, or transmit diseases. However, termites can cause significant harm to structures, particularly wooden elements of buildings.

The primary concern with termites is the damage they can inflict on wooden structures, including homes, furniture, and other wooden items. Subterranean termites, in particular, are known for creating extensive tunnels and galleries within wood, weakening its structural integrity over time. If left untreated, termite infestations can lead to costly repairs and compromise the safety and stability of a building.

While termites themselves are not harmful to humans, the economic impact of termite damage and the potential for structural issues make it important to address termite infestations promptly through effective control and prevention measures. Regular inspections and early intervention can help mitigate the risk of significant damage caused by termites.

If you have a termite problem in Houston, reach out to us at (713) 955-7405 or contact us online.

How the Sentricon® Termite System Works

The Sentricon® termite system uses the instincts of termites against them. Unlike liquid protection systems that are extremely expensive and tedious to install (not to mention pretty short-lived), the Sentricon system provides long-lasting termite protection by actively eliminating colonies from the inside out. The Sentricon system consists of several strategically-placed stakes packed with termite bait that has been scientifically proven to be more attractive than actual wood.

The termite workers who collect this bait, thinking it’s a great meal, don’t know that they have just poisoned themselves and their entire colony with it. The bait has an undetectable termite poison passed from worker to worker as they continue to forage and search for more food. Eventually, the workers die, but not before giving the bait to several others. Eventually, the workers all die out, and a colony’s food source fails.

Once the food source dies out, so does the colony. However, the process is also expedited by the workers who bring the bait back to the territory—the poison in the bait passes from termite to termite like wildfire, quickly eliminating thousands and thousands of these bugs underground. As a result, they never reach your home, and you’re left safe and protected.

Take control of your termite infestation now. Contact Preventive Pest Control today for fast and effective termite control in Houston!

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