Termite Control In Pittsburgh, PA
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Protecting Your Pittsburgh Home From Termite Damage
Termites are one of the most destructive pests that can infest a home or business. By the time you see a termite in the building, if you ever see one at all, there’s already a colony at work destroying your foundation, structure, and maybe even your furniture. In the Pittsburgh area, the soil surrounding new homes is treated to protect them from a termite infestation. However, within three to five years, termite pretreatment wears off, leaving your property exposed.
Homes of any age are at risk for termites, even new homes made from modern construction materials. While they are mostly associated with eating wood, termites can also tear through plastic, paper, and drywall. The damage caused by termites will continue to spread until treated. Termites can consume plaster, mortar joints, and even metal siding. Walls, floors, and ceilings damaged by termites may appear to sag as they grow weaker and retain more moisture.
For total termite extermination in Bethel Park or Pittsburgh, PA, trust Pittsburgh Pest Control. We provide termite inspections, fumigation, and extermination services in the Cranberry Township, Upper St. Clair, and Pittsburgh areas. We stand out from other companies with a particular focus on termite treatments that are safe for pets.
Our Termite Treatment in Pittsburgh
Termite extermination for your Pittsburgh area home or business begins with a complete inspection by a trained termite exterminator. We will identify the species of termite and the location of their colony.
Pittsburgh Pest Control offers two types of termite treatments to the homes and businesses we service, liquid treatments and bait treatments:
We use a liquid product to conduct a trench and treat method around the exterior of the home so that termites cannot access the home itself.
We place this bait evenly around the exterior of the home to create a barrier that the termites will run into, generally placed every 15-20 feet around the home. Pittsburgh Pest Control uses the Trelona® ATBS Advance® Termite Baiting System to protect homes from termites. Trelona® ATBS stations are designed to create a termite-friendly environment that attracts termites in the area to the bait. Termites retrieve the bait and take it back to their home colonies, eliminating all the termites present in the process. These baits stations create a protective barrier around your home to prevent any termite colonies from getting a foothold inside your home.
We also offer pre-treatments on new construction. This helps ensure that new structures being built are not affected by termites during the construction period. As termite infestations in the early stages of construction can have a dramatic effect on the home’s long term fortitude, pre-treatments are an excellent way to ensure that you can start life in your new home off on the right foot.
Typically, we will treat the new construction with liquid and conduct the treat and trench method, but we can use the Trelona bait system if the customer requests it specifically.
Our services are guaranteed. If termites return during the warranty period, we’ll return to your home or business to perform an additional treatment at no extra cost. We also offer ongoing treatment services for proactive termite control. To find out how much residential or commercial treatment costs, contact us for a free quote!
Our Termite Control Treatment Process
At Pittsburgh Pest Control, we offer free termite inspections. While performing our thorough termite inspections, we’ll identify the type of termite that is active on your property and measure the size of your home or business in preparation for treatment.
Our termite control services include establishing a complete barrier of termite protection around your foundation using liquid termite treatments. The termites on your property will track through the barrier and carry the liquid product back to their colony, where it will spread throughout the entire colony until it’s eliminated.
We offer a warranty for both our liquid treatments and termite bait treatments which is a yearly warranty with a follow-up inspection for both treatment options.
What You Need To Know About The Termites In Pittsburgh, PA
There are two primary species of termites in Pennsylvania: The subterranean termite and the drywood termite. Drywood termites build their colonies inside wood, avoiding contact with the soil. Subterranean termites are harder to spot because they nest underground. Our professionals can locate and identify both types of termite colonies for rapid extermination.
Other things that are helpful to know about termites include:
- No sleep. Termites never rest. They steadily consume materials and build tunnels as they move through your property.
- Temporary wings. Termites shed their wings after swarming, leaving piles that signal their presence.
- Long life. Termites can live incredibly long lives, up to 20 years in some cases.
- Large colonies. Subterranean termite colonies can grow to over a million insects.
- Significant damage. Termites cause an estimated five billion dollars in property damage every year.
What Factors Attract Termites?
Termites are incredibly prevalent in Pittsburgh and across Pennsylvania, outnumbering us by millions. They’re likely already on your property, and if the conditions are right, they will start chewing away at your home or business.
Conditions promoting termite infestations include:
- Moisture. Wood with a moisture content above 20% is attractive to termites.
- Firewood. Firewood stacked in soil or too close to your home can lead to an infestation.
- Trees. Nearby dead trees and stumps create the perfect conditions for termite colonies.
- Leaks. Leaks in your roof, plumbing, windows, and around your house encourage termites.
- Damage. Damaged gutters, siding, and home foundations create entry points for moisture and termites.
- Wood-to-soil contact. Anywhere your home has wood in contact with soil is a potential hotspot for termite activity.
Signs Of A Termite Infestation
When the time is right, termites swarm from their nests to find mates and begin new colonies. Because they make it a point to stay out of sight, it’s easy to miss the arrival of termites at your home, meaning colonies can go undetected for some time, even months or years. By the time you notice the signs of a termite infestation, you’re probably facing a significant population. Common signs of a termite infestation include the following:
For as small as they are, termites make a lot of noise. The loudest sound a termite creates is called head-banging, a technique for signaling danger to other colony members. When termites bang their heads, they knock their heads against wood or other surfaces producing what we hear as a soft clicking noise. Termites also generate noise while moving and eating, which creates rustling, buzzing, or rattling noises.
While subterranean termites use their droppings as support for their tunnels, drywood termites push theirs out the entrance. Drywood termites are common and a persistent nuisance in the Pittsburgh area. Piles of termite droppings, also known as termite frass, are a sure sign you have a colony nearby. Mounds of frass are identifiable by collections of dark powder and small black markings.
Termites are destructive. They’ll leave visible signs communicating their presence. If your wood sounds hollow or feels coarse, you may have termites. Termites will also leave visible tunnels and holes in their wake as they chew through your home and furniture. In severe infestations, you’ll see entire sections of wood disappear, as the largest colonies can consume up to a pound of wood per day.
The most obvious sign you’re facing a termite infestation is to spot a termite with your own eyes. Drywood termite swarmers have red bodies with black wings, while subterranean termites have black bodies and white wings. Subterranean termites can grow up to an inch in length. Drywood termites are smaller, with adults reaching sizes up to three-eighths of an inch. Miss the termite, but spot their wings? Termite swarmers drop their wings shortly after landing, often in noticeable piles.
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