How Common Are Termite Infestations In Frisco?

September 30, 2022 - Termites

termites eating wood

Termites are "ant-like" pests that primarily feed on cellulose, a material found in wood and other natural vegetative materials. The most common subterranean species create underground nests close to sources of wood and generate mud tunnels or tubes that allow for safe passage back and forth. Although termites pose no direct danger to humans, they will cause significant damage to wooden housing structures. 

Are you noticing some potential indications of a termite infestation? Failing to respond to these problems promptly may result in substantial property damage that property insurance usually excludes from policy coverage. Immediately consult with a Frisco pest control company that understands how to spot termites and how to stop termites.

Termites In Frisco Are Very Common 

Termites exist in all U.S. states except for Alaska and create billions of dollars in property damage each year. Industry data suggests that Texas generally ranks in the top seven or eight states for the amount of termite-related damage. Termites usually flourish in regions with warm climates and substantial humidity levels. 

In this region, the most common species include the Formosan Subterranean termites and Southeastern Drywood termites. Formosan Subterranean termites, the most common species found in the area, often appear in shades of white, cream, or yellow. Their bodies usually measure 1/2 of an inch; however, the king and queen termites often reach one inch or more. 

Termites have six legs, antennae, and the colony members responsible for reproduction have wings. Subterranean termites often target sources of wood that have been water-damaged.  

The Southeastern Drywood termite is less prevalent compared to the subterranean species. The species erodes wooden structures forming a smooth interior surface without soil or mud. Drywood termites generate “pellet-like” excrement that is usually visible adjacent to large infestations. Unlike their subterranean counterparts, drywood termites in Frisco target drier wood sources, and colonies typically contain significantly fewer members.

Help! Is This Termite Damage?

Are you pondering the question, how do I know if I have termites in my home? Some of the most common signs of a termite infestation include: 

  • Interior walls may appear warped or water-damaged as moisture accumulates inside. 
  • Wood floors might sound “creaky” when walked on, and ceilings might begin sagging or “bowing.” 
  • Windows and doors often become increasingly more difficult to open or close as adjacent shifts occur in the wooden structure. 
  • You may notice winged “swarmers” gathering in the spring months as part of their mating process.
  • Look for the presence of mud tubes, which appear in patterns that extend upward from the ground.

Keep in mind that termites in Frisco typically begin eroding a structure from the interior, meaning that weeks or months might pass before a property owner detects any activity. 

What To Do If You Suspect You Have Termites

Today, many do-it-yourself termite treatment options are now marketed through online retails and in local home improvement stores. Often promoted as “quick and easy” solutions, many of these sprays, powers, or traps only generate short-term results, prove insufficient against larger infestations, and may contain harsh chemicals. 

The best way to respond when encountering termite-related concerns involves consulting with a local licensed pest controller. Pest control professionals understand how to detect termites within wooden structures and may deploy several treatment options. 

Professional Termite Control Made Easy For Frisco Homes

At Big D Pest & Termite Services, our staff receives the highest-quality training and has many of the latest products at their disposal. In addition to responding to infestations within existing structures, our organization now provides pre-construction termite treatment services. Our team remains committed to providing industry-leading customer service and always backs the quality of our work with a satisfaction guarantee. 

Contact our office today regarding a consultation.

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