Frequently Asked Questions About Termites

What are termites?

Several different types of termites live in the United States. The most widespread is the subterranean termite. In Oklahoma, subterranean termites are the most likely species to find their way into your home.

Termites are social insects with the unique ability to convert cellulose from trees and other plant matter into a usable food source. Out in nature, termites are eco-important because they help to speed up the process of getting rid of decaying debris. 

However, their feeding habits are destructive when these insects find their way to our Oklahoma City properties. Across the country, each year, termites are responsible for causing billions of dollars in structural damage.

Are termites dangerous?

Termites aren't dangerous to people, but they are to our properties. 

A single termite is nothing to worry about but a colony with hundreds of thousands of members working together is something to be feared! Termite damage doesn't occur overnight, but these wood-eating pests will inflict difficult-to-repair damage inside our homes. Adding insult to injury is that homeowners' insurance typically won't cover termite damage. A termite infestation won't only damage your house, but it will put a significant dent in your bank account!

Why do I have a termite problem?

Two things attract termites, wood and moisture. Older homes that aren't as "tight" are more likely to experience moisture problems and, therefore, problems with termites. Homes primarily constructed out of wood are also more at risk for a termite infestation. However, it is crucial never to let your guard down when it comes to termites; they could invade and damage any of our Oklahoma City homes. 

Since termites move underground or within wood, they spend their lives largely hidden. It can take some time for the presence of termites to be discovered. Every day a termite infestation goes unnoticed is another day of damage to your house. 

Learning to tell if termites are in your home is difficult so partnering with a professional and implementing year-round home pest control is the best way to avoid problems with these destructive pests. 

Where are termites commonly found?

Subterranean termites have high moisture needs and create underground nests in damp soil. The worker termites leave the nest daily to forage for food, moving through the soil or mud tubes they create. If termites nest or forage for food in or near your yard, they will eventually wind up in your house. 

Cracks and crevices in the foundations or pieces of wood like shingles, steps, or posts making direct contact with the ground provide easy entry points into our homes. 

Subterranean termites prefer to feed on water-damaged or decaying wood. In our homes, structural wood near pipes, drains, sinks, tubs, windows, and doors is most prone to an infestation and damage by hungry termites. 

How do I get rid of termites?

Your biggest investment is likely your home; we want to help you protect it from costly damage by offering the best termite control in Oklahoma City. 

After you contact Killin' It Termite and Pest for help, we will schedule a termite consultation. As our professionals walk through your home, they will perform a visual inspection looking for evidence of termites, swarmers, and any external or internal damage caused by termites. They will then treat the infestation using bait stations (in most cases) and, to prevent a reinfestation, will monitor your home monthly. 

To learn more about high-quality termite control in Oklahoma City, reach out to the local experts here at Killin' It Termite and Pest.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Use our most helpful termite prevention tips to stop wood-eating termites from taking over and damaging your Oklahoma City home.

  • Create a 12-18 inch barrier between any soil and your foundation.
  • Limit as much wood to soil contact around your home and on your property. 
  • Remove woodpiles, tree stumps, and decaying trees from your property.
  • Make sure your yard has good drainage.
  • Repair roof damage and gaps around windows or doors that will allow rainwater to seep into your house. 
  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels in your home. 

Call today for professional termite control!