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The Most Effective Termite Control Method For Your Del Rio Property Serving Del Rio, Eagle Pass & Surrounding Areas

The Most Effective Termite Control Method For Your Del Rio Property

Loud sounds grab our attention. When you hear thunder, you assume a storm is approaching. When a car horn sounds, you get a burst of adrenaline because you suspect danger. If we had our choice, most of us would rather be startled by a noise than be caught off guard by a silent invader.

Termites are a prime example of a quiet insect that destroys homes. Too often, homeowners do not know the signs of an infestation; by the time they realize termites are present, significant damage has occurred.

Protect your home and wallet from termite destruction by securing pest control in Del Rio from Gold Star Exterminators - Del Rio. Our legacy began as a tree spraying service in the late 1970s with a husband and wife team. Word in the community spread about our young company due to our commitment to quality, customer service, and reasonable pricing. Before long, we added pest control to our services and opened new locations. Over 40 years later, we continue to provide high-quality pest control and have established ourselves as an industry leader in the business and residential markets. 

We are committed to training not only our technicians but want to educate our community so you can take appropriate actions to stop infestations from occurring. In this article, we will teach you how to identify an infestation in your Del Rio home and what you can do to prevent future problems once we eradicate the wood-eating insects. We will also alert you to the dangers of not quickly acting to resolve the situation. So, please keep reading to learn more.

If you see a cockroach running across the floor, or a mouse dart from behind a cabinet, you have a good indication that you may have a problem. However, termites do not run across floors or from beneath the furniture, so how do you know if termites are present in your house? Although you may not see termites, if you know what to look for and where to look, you can find the following signs of termites in Del Rio:

  • Mud tubes
  • Swarmers
  • Wings
  • Sawdust-like material
  • Wood issues
  • Wall blisters
  • Door or window problems

We will unpack this list because some problems are specific to the types of termites invading the house. 

Two termite species cause issues for Del Rio homeowners: subterranean and drywood termites. Subterranean termites live in the soil near damp, often fungus-infested wood. These termites require high moisture levels and quickly dehydrate when exposed to heat and sunlight. Therefore, the worker termites construct mud tubes between the soil and food sources. You will find these covered passageways on the foundation and basement walls when there are subterranean termites in your Del Rio home.

Mature subterranean and drywood nests have a group of winged, reproductive termites. In the Spring, these flying termites, known as swarmers, leave the colony to search for new nesting locations. Because light attracts the swarmers, you will see them buzzing around outdoor lamps and windows during the dusk and early morning hours. When these termites find a location, they discard their wings, mate, and burrow into the soil (subterranean termites) or wood cracks (drywood termites) to begin a new nest. Wings in window sills are another item on the list of signs of termites in the home.

Humid air and moisture in wood supply the needs of drywood termites; therefore, you will not find mud tubes with this type of infestation. What you will notice is sawdust-like material outside of pinholes in the wood. This material is the fecal matter they push out of the tunnels. 

While drywood termites eat across the wood grain and subterranean termites eat along the grain, both destroy the integrity of the timber. Hollow-sounding, crumbling, and discoloration in timber all indicate a termite invasion. You can discover these problems using a blunt object to tap the wood. 

Termites in the wall will not eat through to the exterior but leave a thin paper layer. Due to the moisture from the bodies of termites and the wood, the paper layer or wallpaper will blister. 

The longer a termite infestation exists, the greater the damage. If you notice windows and doors no longer closing properly, you may have a termite problem in your Del Rio home because as the termites hollow out the wood in the window and door frames or support beams, they no longer seal properly. 

When you see these signs of a termite infestation in your home, you need expert help from Gold Star Exterminators - Del Rio. Since 1979 we have removed termites from thousands of homes. Our trained technicians know the signs of termites, and we will quickly end the infestation before further problems develop.

A Termite Infestation Can Cause Extensive Property Damage

Termites eat wood for nutrition, and when thousands of termites constantly consume wood, it affects the house. Because subterranean termites live in the soil, they tend to infest timber in the crawl space, basement, and inside walls on the lower levels of the house. Subterranean termite species create colonies ranging from 60,000 to a couple million. A nest with only 60,000 termites can consume 2.3 feet of a 2x4 annually. It may take several years before significant damage manifests itself, but the problem is that a mature termite colony will spawn other nests; after a few years, you will not only have one group of termite workers eating the wood underneath your feet, but several groups consuming the timber in your house. Sagging floors, warping windows and door frames, and collapsing structures are evidence of termite damage. Repairing these issues cost thousands of dollars, at a minimum, because they often require licensed contractors with specialized equipment. 

The colonies of drywood termites are significantly smaller (about 2,500), but like subterranean termites, they create multiple colonies inside the house over time. Because they receive moisture from humid air and the water in the wood, these termites tend to infest attics and wood items inside the house. A long-term infestation of drywood termites can cause sagging or collapsing ceilings, failing furniture, and crumbling railings. 

Gold Star Exterminators - Del Rio offers termite control in Del Rio so homeowners can avoid expensive repair costs.

Reasons And Factors For Termite Infestations

If you notice termite signs in your Del Rio home, you may wonder why termites choose to invade your home. Once our trained technicians stop the infestation, you do not want them to return in the future. The following are reasons for termite invasions: 

  • Rotting wood in the yard
  • Poor drainage on the property
  • Leaking pipes and fixtures
  • High humidity in the attic, crawl space, or basement

Water-logged wood attracts subterranean termites. An infestation of these termites often begins on the property with decaying tree stumps, landscaping timbers, or rotting fence railings. Once a queen and king swarmer establishes a colony, they produce reproductive termites (swarmers). The swarmers will detect the potential nearby food source if damp wood is in the crawl space or attic.

While your land may not have rotting tree stumps, wood landscaping, or fence posts, your house may attract swarmers if you have a moist crawl space, basement, and attic due to inadequate ventilation or leaking fixtures.

When a trained Gold Star Exterminators - Del Rio technician arrives at your home for a termite inspection, we can determine the attractants that lure termites onto your property. Our experienced technicians will also review your property to determine how the termites enter your house.

The best termite prevention tip is to remove high humidity from the attic, crawl space, and basement by repairing leaking plumbing, draining water away from the house, and ensuring adequate ventilation. A licensed technician will provide further suggestions to keep termites away.

Contact Us For Termite Control Done The Right Way

In addition to over four decades of pest control experience, our licensed and certified technicians attend monthly classes to stay up-to-date on the latest methodologies and treatment products. Because of our commitment to quality, training, and customer service, Gold Star Exterminators - Del Rio is the best termite company near you. 

When you contact us to resolve your termite problem, we will dispatch a certified technician to inspect your home for termite signs, entry points, attractants, and hot spots. Because our humid area is the perfect playground for drywood and subterranean termites, our professional technician will select the proper treatment method based on the termite species infesting your home. Because eradicating termites may require boring holes in concrete, installing bait stations, trenching, foam, or other treatment methods, our technician will review treatment options to get approval before beginning the eradication process.

Gold Star Exterminators - Del Rio is a recognized leader in residential and commercial pest control in Del Rio. We continue to be trusted by thousands of homeowners because of our commitment to prompt, professional service at a reasonable price. Contact us today to learn more about our termite treatment options and get a free estimate.

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