Termite Extermination - Servicing Columbus, OH
Termites spell bad news for your house, but our exterminators are ready to tackle your problem with ease. We’re so confident in our termite control, we put it in our business name.
What are termites?
Termites are small (about the size of a grain of rice) winged creatures that live underground or build nests in wood that they hollow out. Without preventative measures, walls, floors, and wooden furniture are all susceptible to termite attack. Because they are small and shying away from light, many homeowners never see termites feeding on their home. Swarms of termites in the spring and summer are often confused as swarms of ants and go ignored or continue to thrive due to ineffective home remedies. The most destructive (and common) termite in Central Ohio is the Eastern Subterranean Termite.
This species of termite can cause major damage to your home in as little as six months. Queen termites can lay 2000 eggs a day and live up to 25 years, creating colonies of workers over a million strong. They enter your home through cracks in flooring or eat their way inside from where siding or wooden parts of your home meet the ground. It’s estimated that one in five homes will deal with a termite infestation at some point.
Why are termites hard to spot?
Termites eat cellulose, the main component of wood, cardboard, paper and other plant-based materials. Eastern subterranean termites create honeycomb like hollows in the timber of your home, eating the soft inner wood and leaving only the basic outline of a board. This severely weakens structural integrity which necessitates costly home repairs. Regular inspections and preventative measures can mean spending a few hundred dollars rather than a few thousand.
Termites live underground and can be very hard to spot, but they leave behind some telltale signs of their infestation. Look for swarms on mild temperature days after a rainfall; you may later find discarded wings on windowsills. There could also be small mud tunnels (about the size of a drinking straw) that lead under door frames, foundations, or siding.
Don't try a DIY treatment!
Disturbing termites is a big no-no. Any home remedy attempts at DIY extermination will scatter termites through your walls where they will expand their colonies and begin building new nests in other parts of your home. Full and fast elimination requires a professional extermination service and usually involves termite bait that is carried back to the colony where it spreads quickly to other workers and eventually the queen, destroying the entire nest. Only once an infestation is entirely exterminated can you begin repairing the damage left behind.
Trust your home to the pros at Champion Pest & Termite Control. Not only can we eliminate current infestations, but we can also help prevent the return of termites in the future.