Covenant Termite Inspections & Control
Termite Control & Termite Inspections
If you even think you might have a termite problem, call today. Without a proper termite treatment, your home or business could be significantly damaged by termites in less than a year, and most home owners policies do not cover termite damage.
Termite Control Services:
- Termite Inspection – detailed evaluation of current termite conditions through thorough inspection of home by licensed technician.
- Termite Treatment – custom plan to meet your budget
- Termite Control – for both preventative and curative termite issues
- Termite Warranty – we offer a one year warranty and a five year warranty
New Construction Termite Protection
Protect your investment in your new home by pre-treating your home during the construction phase! Call us today or have your builder contact us at 830-431-1960 for your termite protection service.
Signs of Termite Infestation
Generally, the first indirect sign of infestation is the discovery of fecal pellets or the presence of alates on windowsills or near lights. Alates found inside the house (if windows and doors have been closed), are an indication of infestation within the structure. Another indication of infestation is the presence of discarded wings near emergence sites, on windowsills or caught up in cobwebs. The presence of alates outdoors is a natural phenomenon and is not an implication of home infestation.
Drywood termites spend their entire lives inside wood. They construct round “kick holes” in infested wood, through which the fecal pellets are eliminated from the galleries or tunnels. These pellets accumulate in small piles below the kick holes, or will be scattered if the distance between the kick hole and the surface below is very great. Fecal pellets also may be found caught in spider webs.
Subterranean termites are the most destructive insect pests of wood in the United States. They cause billions of dollars in damage each year and have a negative impact on a family’s most valuable possession— the home. In nature, subterranean termites are beneficial because they break down cellulose into usable nutrients. The biomass resulting from this process is recycled to the soil as humus. Subterranean termites are, therefore, considered important in our ecosystem.
Problems occur when termites attack the wooden elements of homes, businesses and warehouses built by humans. The presence of termites is often not readily noticed because their activity is hidden behind wallboards, siding or wood trim. Homeowners in all areas of Texas should watch for subterranean termites and take precautions against infestations.
Subterranean termites are social insects that live in colonies within the soil, hence their name “subterranean.” The best way to identify them is to look out for Mud Tunnels: Subterranean termites maintain their headquarters in the ground and build “mud tubes”, pencil-size, that connect the nest (moisture) to the food source (wood).The tunnels may contain broken mud particles with fecal materials. Mud tubes or shelter tubes are proof of termite infestation, but their absence does not necessarily mean that a structure is free of termites. The insects may reach sills and other wood members through cracks or voids in the foundation wall, under the outside stucco, or from earth-filled porches, steps, terraces, or patios. You can break open tubes to determine if termites are still active inside. Termites often rebuild damaged tubes, another indication of continued activity. Old tubes are dry and will crumble easily.
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