Why Termites Infest Somerset Homes


Somerset is in the Bluegrass State, located on the northeastern edge of Lake Cumberland. This friendly and welcoming community has access to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Kentucky. Extensive forests and sparkling waters make this area perfect for adventure and fun. However, the area's abundant wood and moisture sources are also the ideal combination of resources necessary for local termites to thrive. Without pest control in Somerset, these wood-consuming insects may, over time, end up causing extensive damage to local properties.

You're Not Likely To Ever Actually See A Termite

The most common termite in Somerset is the subterranean termite. These tiny insects are among the worst pests to invade properties because they rarely are seen or heard as they infiltrate buildings. Termites use their tiny, 1/8-inch long, narrow bodies to their advantage, which allows them to squeeze through cracks less than 1/16th of an inch wide. Their coloration is typically black, dark brown, or milky white, which helps them easily blend into their surroundings. Their modes of attack are also helpful to their silent invasion. 

Subterranean termites typically travel underground until they bump into a building. They will use mud tubes to connect their underground highway to your structure. Known as a silent destroyer, termites will quietly begin consuming cellulose products (wood) within your building. Most people won't even know their home is under attack until visible signs of their damages become unmistakable. When dealing with a stealthy pest such as the local termite, it's essential to call in a termite specialist for your Somerset property, like Guardian Exterminating Company.

Why Termites Infest And Destroy Wooden Structures

Working termites always search for food sources. They get their nutrition from cellulose products. Colonies send out workers to find life-sustaining food supplies and moisture sources. If buildings can provide the necessary food and moisture requirements for survival, they'll invite others to join them. 

Since buildings typically have a ton of wood, it can serve as a lovely buffet for hungry termites that eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Termites will systematically eat through wooden products with their scissor-like jaws. A small colony of 60,000 members can consume a 2x4 in a year. Imagine the damage termites can inflict on buildings when they split off and establish multiple colonies. If left untreated, hungry termites can threaten the structural integrity of buildings over time. With help from Guardian Exterminating Company, property owners can rest easy knowing their building has protection from a company that uses the latest knowledge, training, and tools to resolve termite infestations quickly and efficiently.

Removing Factors That Attract Termites

Since moisture and wood lure termites to properties, removing any factors that would attract them to your property is essential. With vigilance and a few proactive measures, property owners can do much to deter termites from visiting their structures.

Six ways to keep active termites away from your property include:

  1. Seal cracks and crevices in the foundation and siding.

  2. Remove wood debris from your yard, and never bury it in the soil.

  3. Ventilate high moisture areas in your building, such as attics and crawl spaces.

  4. Use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture indoors.

  5. Fix leaky gutters and downspouts; eliminate water drainage close to foundations.

  6. Eliminate any wood contact between your building and the ground.

Sometimes the most straightforward prevention steps go a long way to solving pest problems. Still, if your prevention measures don't work, it's time to call the professionals at Guardian Exterminating Company. We are a local termite company with superior preventative maintenance programs and help ensure termites stay outdoors where they belong.

What It Takes To Get Rid Of Termites

You need expert help from Guardian Exterminating Company to get rid of termites. We are a family-owned and operated termite control company in Somerset with over 85 years of experience in the pest industry. Since 1983, our company has taken pride in protecting local homes, businesses, and the environment from pests. We use only the latest products and equipment to ensure effective pest and termite removal. Call Guardian Exterminating Company now for reliable, honest, quality pest and termite control services.

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