As the weather begins to warm up, termite swarms begin to gather. Termite swarms organize fastest after a rainfall when there is a solid amount of humidity in the air. Texas weather accommodates a healthy lifestyle for termites. Termites are active across Texas, from Amarillo to Midland, across the Fort Worth area and right down into Houston.
Most Common Texas Termites
The three most common termites in Texas are the Subterranean, Dry Wood and Formosan species. The subterranean termite typically swarms from February to May. This species most popular swarm time occurs during the earliest hours of the day. The dry wood termite is often found in old tree trunks, sheds and dried out decks. The dry wood termite swarms during the day in the hot summer season. The Formosan termite does not require constant soil contact to survive. These termites are known to build above ground nests, called cartons, in locations where there is optimal temperature and moisture sources. These cartons can be located in attics and walls. Formosan termites are the most destructive termite species in the United States. They form the largest colonies of any other species. These colonies cause extensive damage because they contain millions and millions of termites. Formosan termite damage can be found in many different places, from dead trees to live trees, homes, buildings, boats and crops.
Termites: Tiny, Wood Destroying Machines
Termites are tiny wood destroying machines that are relentless at causing chaos to our everyday living. They are capable of destroying a home’s structural timbers. Posts, floor supports, ceiling supports, sub-floors and wall studs have all fallen victim to the powerful wood eating jaw of the mighty termite. Not only do they decimate structural timbers, termites are also no strangers to causing havoc in drywall, paneling, carpet and even your favorite piece of furniture.
Signs of Termite Damage
There are a handful of common signs that can alert you to termite damage in your home or on your property. These warning signs include wood that sounds hollow when tapped, jammed doors or windows, damaged wood that crumbles easily, bubbling or peeling paint, tiny holes in your dry wall, laminate floors that bubble up or sag, hard wood floor slats that pop up, loose tiles and discolored or sagging sheetrock.
In states like Texas where termites are very active and widespread, it is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. Bio-Tech Pest Control is the best way to keep your home safe and rid of termites. Our termite protection program is designed to give you peace of mind. A Bio-Tech termite technician will thoroughly inspect your home for termite activity. Don’t wait; call us today.