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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 Green Shield Certified Service. Our Texas termite control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified 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 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced termite removal experts.

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Ants Can Prove to Be Troublesome Indoor Pests, Even in Winter

antsAnts Are Drawn to Glucose, Warmth, and Water

Getting rid of ants during the winter months can sometimes be a tricky proposition, because an infestation can quickly spread from one area of the house to its entirety at a pretty alarming rate.

Ants are drawn to glucose and water, and during the coldest parts of the year, your home is a particularly attractive foraging ground. While driving ants away from your home is obviously an important aspect of pest control, it’s equally important to actually keep them away.

Ants usually establish a nest close to their food source, so they’ll likely try to nest in walls, floors, and crawlspaces. While it’s true that ants are generally less active in the winter than they are in the summer, they still have the capacity to expand their populations alarmingly quickly as long as they have sufficient access to food, water, and warmth.

Nevertheless, there are a number of proactive steps you can take to reduce the chances of ants making incursions into your home in the first place. One of the most important is to seal all food containers and clean spillages and crumbs thoroughly as soon as you can. Ants can detect even minute traces of glucose—which is in nearly all of our food—so maintaining a clean living space is a critical precaution.

carpenter antsIf you spot a solitary ant wandering around your home, chances are high that there are many more of his fellows lurking around. If possible, try to make a note of where the ant goes—if it enters a crack in the wall or slips under a door—which will help indicate where these pests are entering your home.

While it’s never ideal for ants to be living inside your home, some species, like carpenter ants, for example, can prove particularly damaging to walls, floors, and ceilings. These ants burrow through wood in much the same way as termites, although carpenter ants don’t actually eat the wood in which they nest. Over time, a large population of carpenter ants can weaken the structural integrity of buildings.

AntsNaturally, your first step as a homeowner if you suspect that your home may also be hosting an ant infestation is to get in touch with your local pest control professional. Despite a number of commercially available ant baits and traps, it’s extremely unlikely that a non-expert will be able to fully eradicate an infestation on their own, and such an attempt may end up costing even more time and money in the long run.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Texas ant control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified 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 ants have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced ant removal experts.