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Formosan Termites Can Cause Structural Damage, Even in Winter

termitesFormosan Termites are Particularly Threatening Because of Their Huge Populations

It may surprise many homeowners to know that termite damage is not covered by many insurance plans, despite that fact that some termite populations in Texas, including that of the subterranean Formosan termite, have reached epidemic proportions.

Formosan termites are a particularly dangerous and invasive species, and the damage they pose to wooden structures surpasses that of floods and fires.

Formosan termites are sometimes called “super termites” because of their propensity to breed incredibly quickly and their tendency to decimate any source of wood they come into contact with.

There are upwards of 2,000 known species of termites, so in order to effectively combat an infestation, it’s important to know which species is causing problems. Biologically and behaviorally, Formosan termites are quite different from other species, which means that your local pest control professional will take unique precautions to counter these tenacious pests.

As spring approaches, termite activity will become more pronounced, ultimately culminating in peak activity during the summer months. Formosan termites breed throughout the spring, and their populations can number in the millions. Naturally, great amounts of cellulose are required to sustain such a large colony, which compels them to seek out new feeding grounds—most notably, suburban homes.

termitesLike carpenter ants, these termites can silently and inconspicuously eat away at the foundations of a structure. If you suspect that termites have infiltrated your home, it’s extremely important to get in touch with your local pest control professional as quickly as possible.

Formosan termites have a number of warning signs associated with their damage-causing potential, including sagging walls and ceilings, and conspicuous creaking foundations.

As the name implies, Formosan subterranean termites build their nests underground, but will quickly begin to consume any cellulose they come into contact with. These pests build elaborate honeycomb-shaped nests that can extend outwards from a central hub, and often culminate in tubes of mud which extend off the ground. These tubes, which may be found snaking their way up walls in extreme instances, are a telltale sign of the presence of Formosan termites.

During the winter months, Formosan termites will burrow anywhere from twelve to eighteen inches below ground in order to escape the frigid temperatures on the surface. Rest assured, however, that these pests will re-emerge as soon as temperatures and resources are conducive to breeding.

termitesIf termites manage to find a way inside your home during their otherwise-dormant winter period, the abundance of heat and wood will allow them to continue to wreak havoc virtually unabated.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Texas termite control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If termites have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-562-9999 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-956-7822 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced termite removal experts.

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Formosan Termites are a Dangerous Invasive Species

termitesTermite Populations Explode in Early Spring

Termite colonies can grow to incredible sizes with individuals sometimes numbering in the millions. Termite queens can often lay over 1,000 eggs per day. In late spring or early summer, Formosan termite colonies will produce swarms of winged males and females. These insects will, with luck, find a mate and some will proceed to found new colonies.

Dallas termite control can sometimes be a tricky proposition. When termites infest a wooden structure, whether it’s a tree or a wooden support beam inside the home, they consume cellulose and extract nutrients from it, leaving behind smooth-sided galleries. If you suspect that termites might be present in your home, keep a sharp eye out for sagging walls or ceilings, as these might be signs of severe and far-advance infestations. If you do determine that you have a termite problem, get in touch with our Dallas termite control experts.

These termites have been known to infest a variety of structures including boats and high-rise condominiums and, along with various other species of termite, routinely cause massive treatment and repair costs. However, it’s most common to see Formosan termites in the southern areas of the United States, because their eggs will not hatch in temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

termitesTermites are a constant threat to your home and a lot of the damage can be done before homeowners actually realize there’s a problem. If you suspect that termites are making inroads towards your home, there are a few wise precautions that the aloof homeowner can take in order to deter termites from making your home their own permeant residence.

For example, Dallas termite control professionals recommend that you remove stacked-up firewood from foundations or crawl spaces, remove tree stumps and other wood-based debris from around your home, place metal screens on any outdoor vents, and frequently inspect wooden fences or other similar structures for signs of termite damage.

Termites are estimated to be some of the most destructive pests in the United States. Experts report that these pests cost homeowners upwards of $1 billion annually in order to prevent and redress termite-related issues. In an effort to control the ever-expanding populations of these pests, the use of pesticides has raised costs for consumers and led to negative effects on the environment like the contamination of water supplies due to runoff.

termitesCantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas termite control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If termites have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control to get in touch with our Dallas termite control professionals at 972-562-9999 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-956-7822 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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Termites Can Cause Extensive Damage While Remaining Undetected

termitesFrequently Inspect Wooden Structures to Detect Termites

Termite colonies can grow to incredible sizes with individuals sometimes numbering in the millions. Termite queens can often lay over 1,000 eggs per day. In late spring or early summer, Formosan termite colonies will produce swarms of winged males and females. Termites will, with luck, find a mate and some will proceed to found new colonies.

Dallas termite control can sometimes be a tricky proposition. When termites infest a wooden structure, whether it’s a tree or a wooden support beam inside the home, they consume cellulose and extract nutrients from it, leaving behind smooth-sided galleries. If you suspect that termites might be present in your home, keep a sharp eye out for sagging walls or ceilings, as these might be signs of severe and far-advance infestations. If you do determine that you have a termite problem, get in touch with our Dallas termite control experts.

termitesThese termites have been known to infest a variety of structures including boats and high-rise condominiums and, along with various other species of termite, routinely cause massive treatment and repair costs. However, it’s most common to see Formosan termites in the southern areas of the United States, because their eggs will not hatch in temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Termites are a constant threat to your home and a lot of the damage can be done before homeowners actually realize there’s a problem. If you suspect that termites are making inroads towards your home, there are a few wise precautions that the aloof homeowner can take in order to deter termites from making your home their own permeant residence.

For example, Dallas termite control professionals recommend that you remove stacked-up firewood from foundations or crawl spaces, remove tree stumps and other wood-based debris from around your home, place metal screens on any outdoor vents, and frequently inspect wooden fences or other similar structures for signs of termite damage.

termitesTermites are estimated to be some of the most destructive pests in the United States. Experts report that these pests cost homeowners upwards of $1 billion annually in order to prevent and redress termite-related issues. In an effort to control the ever-expanding populations of these pests, the use of pesticides has raised costs for consumers and led to negative effects on the environment like the contamination of water supplies due to runoff.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas termite control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If termites have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control to get in touch with our Dallas termite control professionals at 972-562-9999 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-956-7822 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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Termite Populations Depend on Weather and Food Sources

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Termite Activity Increases Dramatically During the Summer

Published on August 30, 2017

In warmer climates like the American Southwest, termites remain consistently active and visible all throughout the year. On the other hand, termites in cooler climates, tend to exhibit less activity during the winter months, although this does not mean that their activity has ceased altogether. They continue to feed even during the coldest months of the year, and signs of termite damage can manifest at any time.

It’s difficult to predict exactly when termite season will begin or end, although the duration of the season will often depend on where you live. Subterranean species, for example, will not forage for food if the soil is too hot or too cold, thus limiting the time in which they can successfully breed and expand their population.

Weather is one of the main factors that will impact termite activity, but it’s by no means the only important aspect. Termite activity also often depends on the degree of shelter that a given nest can offer its population.

termitesFor example, drywood termites, which might nest inside heated structures, are not nearly as exposed to harsh winter temperatures as other species or populations, meaning that they can continue to feed and breed virtually unabated.

Likewise, subterranean termites have the ability to build nests more than eighteen inches below the surface of the soil, enabling them to escape the frigid temperatures above ground. During the unforgiving winter months, environments with controlled temperatures, like basements and attics for example, are ideal nesting places for termites.

It’s unlikely that termites will make their presence known during the winter by swarming—an activity that usually takes place in spring or summer, depending on the temperature—but that doesn’t necessarily mean that termite activity has stopped. In some tropical parts of the country like Florida, for example, swarms may still be observed in the winter, where temperatures can still reach up to the seventies or higher.

Even in these tropical climates, however, breeding will still usually take place in the spring and summer. They will most likely take place on warm, calm days that follow a rainstorm.

termitesDepending on the availability of food, this process can sometimes take up to five years. During this pre-swarming period, termite colonies can continue to grown and cause damage to your home unnoticed. If you suspect that termites have nested in or around your home, call your local pest control expert right away.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas termite control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If termites have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-562-9999 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-956-7822 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced termite removal experts.

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Formosan Termites Are Tenacious and Resourceful Pests

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Formosan Termites Can Expand Their Population Sizes Incredibly Quickly

Several different termite species make their homes in the warm, dry regions of the southern United States, but none is more dangerous and costly than the Formosan termite. Originally from East Asia, Formosan termites were inadvertently brought to the United States during the second half of the twentieth century.

After establishing colonies in and around port cities, they soon spread to other parts of the country, particularly the American south. Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas termite services are fighting hard to combat the rampant spread of these insects.

That said, Formosan termite soldiers have oblong heads, whereas other species indigenous to North America tend to have more rectangular heads. Likewise, Formosan termite soldiers are markedly more aggressive when defending their colonies from attackers than indigenous species. When the soldiers engage a threat, they release a white liquid that is used for defense.

Formosan termites are a mostly subterranean species and prefer to build their nests beneath the soil. They commonly invade and begin to consume wooden structures that are in contact with the ground. However, they’ve also been known to construct tubes made of mud which extend off the ground, allowing them to reach otherwise unattainable heights in relative safety.

termitesLikewise, Formosan termites build carton or honeycomb-like structures that help retain moisture, enabling them to build nests that don’t require them to return to the surface for water.

Termite colonies can grow to incredible sizes with individuals sometimes numbering in the millions. Termite queens can often lay over 1,000 eggs per day. In late spring or early summer, Formosan termite colonies will produce swarms of winged males and females. These insects will, with luck, find a mate and some will proceed to found new colonies.

When termites infest a wooden structure, whether it’s a tree or a wooden support beam inside the home, they consume cellulose and extract nutrients from it, leaving behind smooth-sided galleries.

If you suspect that termites might be present in your home, keep a sharp eye out for sagging walls or ceilings, as these might be signs of severe and far-advance infestations.

termitesThe Formosan termite alone is responsible for upwards of $1 billion in damages in the United States every year. Their voracious appetites for wood mean that property damages are on the rise all across the south.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas termite control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If termite have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-562-9999 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-956-7822 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced termite removal experts.

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Preventing Formosan Termite Infestations

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Formosan subterranean termites are among the most destructive pests in the U. S.

The Formosan subterranean termite is a particularly nasty invasive species from China that has spread throughout the North America. Their destructive capability raises economic concerns in places like Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth. The Formosan termite was originally transported to the United States from Asia and has adapted extremely well to its new environment.

The Formosan subterranean termite is sometimes called the “super-termite” because of its incredibly destructive capabilities, which is due, in part, to the incredible size of their colonies and the rapid rate at which they consume wood. The number of individuals in a colony can vary, but they can easily number in the millions given optimal access to resources. A mature Formosan termite colony has the ability to consume upwards of 13 ounces of wood a day, and they can forage up to 300 feet in any direction through many types of soil.

Naturally, the presence of a colony poses a serious threat to nearby man-made structures, and they can cause irreparable structural damage in as little as three months. It’s interesting to note that once established in a particular area, a colony of Formosan termites has never been fully eradicated—only temporarily deterred.

These termites have been known to infest a variety of structures including boats and high-rise condominiums and routinely cause massive treatment and repair costs. However, it’s most common to see Formosan termites in the southern areas of the United States, because their eggs will not hatch in temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Formosan termite is far and away one of the most destructive pests in the United States. Experts estimate that it costs homeowners upwards of $1 billion annually in order to prevent and redress issues caused by these termites. In New Orleans alone, for example, somewhere between 30-50% of the city’s historic oak trees are infested with termites, which costs the city about $300 million every year in upkeep costs.

In an effort to control the ever-expanding populations of these pests, the use of pesticides has raised costs for consumers and led to negative effects on the environment like the contamination of water supplies due to runoff.

Formosan termites will eat nearly any object made of wood, including other materials containing cellulose, like paper and cardboard. Although these insects feed mainly on wood, they’ve also been known to chew through foam insulation boards, thin lead and copper sheeting, plaster, asphalt, and some plastics.

The queen of a Formosan termite colony has a life span of about 15 years and can produce up to 2,000 eggs per day. Workers and soldiers have a life span of around 3 to 5 years.

If termites have made unsightly appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-562-9999 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-956-7822 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

An Annual Termite Plan Brings Peace of Mind

Spring has arrived, and it’s an ideal time to open your windows and let the outside in.

But it’s also time to consider what could be happening to your home from the inside out.From now through June, termites are looking to mate and then burrow into soil to build colonies — an annual spring “swarming” process that essentially serves as a catalyst to more than $2.5 billion in damage annually. Subterranean termites are hungry, aiming for pieces of wood.

You can take control by aiming for peace of mind. The best move to protect your home or business from a termite infestation is to act proactively, and talk to Cantu Pest Control about which annual termite protection plan best fits your needs. The right way to handle a termite issue is to prevent one from happening in the first place — that’s why so many homeowners and business leaders in the Dallas/Fort Worth area opt for an annual protection plan.

At Cantu Pest Control, we believe a proper termite plan doesn’t begin with our own products and services, but rather with each customer’s challenges and goals. Every pest control situation is unique — different entry points, different potential structural damage areas, different environmental factors, etc. — especially when it comes to termites and the damage they cause.

That’s why our trained professionals listen first, and then tailor a range of targeted treatment options that can be reassessed annually. The best answer might be liquid treatments, baiting systems, wood treatments, fumigation or a blend of solutions.

We encourage you to visit our Termite Protection Page and then contact a Cantu Pest Control professional for details at 972-562-9999. You can also schedule a zero-cost, hassle-free consultation directly from our website.

Spring is a time of renewal. Together, let’s take steps to make your season termite-free.

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Why should you hire a professional pest control service?
Do it yourself projects are a great source of independence for many homeowners; a weekend spent painting the office or repairing a slight plumbing failure is hard work yet intrinsically rewarding. Do it yourself pest control can be a bit more tricky. While the occasional ant, wasp, or fly can be combated by most homeowners, termites or bed bugs as well as extreme infestations of any insect may require a professional. When it comes to pest control, however, you must consider the efficacy of do it yourself products, the cost and convenience, as well as the inherent risks.
Over the counter, so to speak, pest control products are well labeled and the directions are easy to follow; however these products are not as potent as those issued to individuals with a pesticide applicator’s license. A professional pest control service has the knowledge necessary to diagnose, treat, and apply the correct amount of the correct pesticide. They can also be pertinent in the prevention of further infestations through early detection and continued intervention.
The over the counter chemicals are typically less expensive; however in the long run, a professional may be more effective especially in response to pests such as termites that could cause fatal, long-term damage to your home. In the event that the over the counter chemicals are not effective, the insects may develop a resistance to the chemical makeup, making them stronger and more difficult to deter. The initial cost of a professional pest control company may seem high, but the effective maintenance will keep the cost down. The over the counter chemicals are also convenient to use but a good pest control company will work with the homeowner to schedule a date and time that is most convenient for both parties.

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Just like other do it yourself projects, there are inherent risks associated with applying pest control chemicals. Some chemicals are not pet, child, or plant safe; thus, careful attention and adherence to the labeling is a must. When you hire a professional pest control company almost all of the inherent risks are removed from the homeowner. Thankfully though, the pest control professional is well versed in the chemical and knows the preventive measures that must be adhered to. However, be sure to research the pest control companies in your area to find one that is friendly, effective, and cares for the betterment of the homeowner.

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