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Termite Control 101: An Identification And Control Guide For Greensboro Properties

termites crawling on chewed wood

Termites have unique appetites and consume a variety of cellulose materials. They like to eat carpets, cardboard, plants, sheetrock, paper, and some fabrics. However, they are most known for their love of wooden objects. You find these tiny insects consuming dead, untreated wood, painted wood, or any type of wooden surface in your home.

At Go-Forth Home Services, we know how quickly these tiny creatures can destroy a wooden structure. That is why our team of trained specialists can easily recognize the signs of a termite infestation. Here is a look at how you can keep your home safe from destructive termites with our effective pest control services in Greensboro.

Termite Activity: How To Identify The Signs

All termite colonies start when two reproductive termites decide to mate. The reproductive termites are the only type of termite that can see and are the only ones that have wings and can fly. When two reproductive termites decide to mate, they will discard their wings and become the queen and king of their new colony.

The reproductive termites are usually the only ones you will see around your home, and you will only see them while they are looking for a mate. Once they have established a colony, the workers, soldiers, and king and queen stay well hidden in the center of their nest or inside the piece of wood they are consuming. Some termites, like the subterranean termites, will even build mud tubes from their nest to the food source to ensure they are never out in the open.

Instead of seeing the termites themselves, you will likely only find holes in the drywall or wooden surfaces of your home. You are also likely to find piles of sawdust around the holes in the wood, mysteriously cracked or peeling paint, and soft and brittle wood. If you notice any of these signs, you should not hesitate to contact a local termite exterminator. 

From Bad To Worse: How Termite Damage Can Escalate Quickly

Termites in Greensboro are extremely small. They usually only measure between 1/8 to 1/2 inch long. While their small size might not seem capable of causing significant damage, however, they tend to live in large groups and can have several thousand workers living in one nest. When termites gather in large numbers like that, it doesn't take long for them to cause serious damage to your home. At first, you might only notice cosmetic damage to your home. However, within a year, these tiny creatures can make your floors buckle, your ceilings sag, and cause structural problems; this is why it is so important to have your home properly inspected by professional termite inspectors at the first sign of a termite infestation

Protecting Your Property: Effective Termite Prevention Methods

The best way to protect your home from termite damage is to keep these bugs from invading your property in the first place.

Our termite exterminators suggest using the following steps when trying to prevent a termite infestation:

  • Limit the use of mulch around your home.
  • Keep water from accumulating near your home.
  • Move dead tree limbs and stacks of firewood away from your home.

If you want to be sure that termites are not only your property, you should start with our termite control services in Greensboro.

Professional Termite Control: Long-Term Termite Control And Protection

Don't let termites destroy your home. The professionals at Go-Forth Home Services can help with these destructive pests. Reach out today to get started and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Greensboro.