Can Termites Come Back After Treatment?
Experiencing a termite infestation can cause a huge problem if not addressed in its initial stage. Termites are very small and chew on wood, essentially turning it into dust, which weakens the structure of your house or buildings and even causes you to lose areas within your space by hollowing out your walls.
To fully understand your situation and the best course of action, learn more about the causes, treatment options, and preventative measures you can take.
What causes termites?
As mentioned, termites are attracted to wood. The type of wood they like also depends on the type of termites you have in your area, which we touch more on below.
Termites are also drawn to moisture. So if you have leaky pipes, a poorly installed drainage system, or poor ventilation within your structure, you are at higher risk of attracting termites. Similarly, if you live in a wet or really hot climate, you are more prone to experiencing an infestation.
Lastly, termites love to find shelter under concrete foundations since these are usually dark and moist. If you have cracks along your structure or gaps in the walls, termites will be drawn to enter through them in search of food.
What are the 3 types of termites?
There are 3 basic types of termites, and it is important to learn the gist of each type to understand what attracts them to your space.
Subterranean termites have the ability to create mud tubes that connect to wooden areas. These are fairly common, and you may observe these on the walls of your structure. They typically come up the foundation and through the cracks or weep holes. Subterranean termites are the most common type of termite we deal with in Texas.
Formosan termites (coptotermes formosanus) are a more aggressive subterranean species found in Texas because they have the ability to build a carton nest inside your walls. A professional exterminator can identify if you have this type of termite.
Drywood termites can be found in hot and moisture-less structures and live within dry wood. Damage to the wood is not as apparent because the damage is inside, and the pellets they produce are about 1/32 of an inch long.
Dampwood termites can be found more in humid woods, wet walls, and other structures where moisture lives. The Desert Dampwood termite found in Texas can reach about an inch long and have a distinctive odor. They primarily forage the wood above the surface, like tree stumps and wood fencing.
How to treat termites?
At BUGCO® Pest Control, we take termite infestations seriously, as these affect your home or business and your health.
For subterranean termites, the most common type of termite found, we start our thorough treatment by digging trenches in the soil and drilling holes into the concrete surrounding your home’s foundation. We then spray or inject the termite solution into each of them and refill the trenches and holes to seal the treatment.
We can install termite bait systems around the exterior to kill termites in their colonies underground. This type of treatment prevents termites by killing them at their source. They feed on bait similar to their cellulose food sources and take the poisons back to their colony.
Can termites come back after treatment?
Termites can be difficult to keep at bay without proper maintenance. This is because several factors beyond our control (such as climate and the surrounding environment) can attract them.
It is best to invest in a termite treatment plan to continually stay on top of it and prevent future infestations from happening. Our BUGCO® Termite Pledge ensures you do not have to worry about your home or office or hiring someone to perform a costly treatment. We offer a quarterly service that protects your property from termites by inspecting your home for signs of termites or termite damage and treating if any are found.