May 30, 2018

4 Facts About Termites That Every Homeowner Should Know

4 Facts About Termites That Every Homeowner Should Know

Termites are one of the most common pest problems in Ohio – and in the United States as a whole! They can cause extensive damage to your home if not treated immediately.

Fact #1: Termites and Ants can look similar

Termites and ants have a head, thorax, and abdomen body sections. They’re both very social insects that live in colonies. Both can also develop wings. The biggest difference is that termites are light-colored, soft, and have wider thoraxes. Ants are darker, harder, and have thinner thoraxes. If you need help with identifying a pest to determine if it’s an ant or termite, give go2-pros a call.

Fact #2: They’re actually beneficial (just not inside your home)

Termites help turn wood back into fertile soil that will help plants thrive. They just don’t know the difference between wood out in the wild and wood within your home.

Fact #3: They don’t bite

No need to fear termites. These pests are a nuisance but they’re harmless. Termites primarily feed on wood and have no interest in biting humans or pets.

Fact #4: Damage starts small

When you think of termites, you probably think of rooms that are falling apart, wood beams disappearing, or other pictures of massive structural damage. Luckily there are quite a few warning signs you can identify before the problem gets that bad. If see piles of wings or mud tubes inside or near your home, that means a swarm has landed. Chipped paint, holes, and hollowed out mazes in wood indicate an infestation.

Termites can cause substantial and costly damage to your home if they go unnoticed. That’s why it’s a good idea to have an annual termite inspection done. To find out more about termite inspections and prevention, contact go2-pros today. We can help protect your home.

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