Termite Control Columbus Ohio
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.
Warning Signs of Termites
There are a few signs you may have a termite infestation. It’s important to note that if you think you see any of these signs, consult an expert to handle your termite extermination needs for your home or business.
Temporary Swarm of Insects
These temporary swarms of insects may be in your home or in the soil around your home. If you see this, you may have a termite infestation.
If you have cracked or bubbling paint in your home, you may have termites.
If your wood sounds hollow when tapped on, there may be termites that have eaten the wood underneath.
If you notice mud tubes on your walls, wood beams, or crawl spaces, you may have termites in your home or business.
Discarded wings from swarmers are another top sign that you may have termites! If you see these, call a termite extermination expert.
Types of Termites
There are 3 different types of termites that may infest your Columbus, Ohio home. It’s important to recognize the difference and contact an extermination expert to do a full inspection and deliver a quote today.
This is the most common type of termites. These termites are especially good at destroying the wood of your home or business. Getting your extermination service scheduled is important if you notice this type.
Swarmers of the Subterranean species have 2 main characteristics:
These are dark-brown to black in color.
They have 2 pairs of wings that are very close to being equal in length.
These workers have no wings, are cream-colored, and are about 1/4 inch in length.
Subterranean soldier termites are creamy-white with a brown head.
The soldiers have no wings and large mandibles (jaws).
Drywood Termites get the moisture they need to survive from the air and the wood they eat. The damage from these termites is often extensive, as they chew tunnels inside wooden beams and other wooden objects, weakening them from the inside.
Drywood Termite Swarmers has 2 sets of wings. Most dead swarmers in this group do not have attached wings, which is the biggest factor in identifying them.
The body of Drywood Termite Soldiers have large mandibles with teeth, and their pronotum is bigger than their heads. The soldiers of this group can be identified as being bigger than in other colonies.
Dampwood Termites hollow-out support beams, making homes weaker. These termites like to remain hidden, so they don’t create mud tubes, opting to cover their entry holes with their own feces instead.
These swarmers can be 25mm long, including their wings.
Dampwood Termite Soldiers can be as large as 20mm long.
The immature Dampwood Termites can be 20mm long and do contribute to the colony.
Schedule Your Inspection
It is important to schedule your termite inspection if you notice any signs or see actual termites in your Columbus home or business. We pride ourselves on the best termite extermination services in Ohio!