What are termites?

Termites are insects that are a year-round threat to homes and businesses in Northeast Ohio. They feed on wood and cause extensive damage to the buildings they invade. Termites are one of the few organisms able to convert cellulose into a source of food. Feeding on decaying and water-damaged wood out in nature is helpful as they help to rid the ground of deadwood, but in our homes, they are one of the most destructive pests property owners have to deal with!

A professional termite inspection and treatment is the most effective way to protect your property from expensive structural damage. Reach out to our local termite professionals for assistance at the first sign of termites in your home.

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Are termites dangerous?

Termites left to their own devices are responsible for causing billions of dollars in damages across the country each year. A termite infestation can pop up in any home. Being proactive against these destructive pests is essential, not only because of the damage they can cause to your home but because most homeowners' insurance doesn’t cover the cost of repairing termite damage.

In addition to feeding on a home’s structural wood, termites may also damage things like cardboard, paper, flooring, furniture, and drywall.

Why do I have a termite problem?

While out in nature, termites are natural recyclers, but they are natural destroyers inside our homes. Termites are attracted to outdoor areas and houses that have a lot of excess moisture present. Things like woodpiles, fallen trees, leaf piles, tree stumps, and other decaying debris will attract hungry termites to a property. As termites travel through the ground searching for food sources, it is common for them to move into homes through cracks in the foundation or wood on your home that's making direct contact with the ground. Once termites have found reliable food sources, the workers will keep returning day after day, night after night, causing more damage each day.

Where will I find termites?

In our area, subterranean termites are common. They can remain active during the colder winter months because they tunnel deeper into the ground where it is warmer or stay safe in our temperature-controlled buildings.

Inside, termites feed on structural wood damaged by water. Leaking pipes, poor ventilation, and leaky foundations attract termites. Hungry termites often attack structural wood located behind walls, under floors, near windows and doors, and under roofs.

How do I get rid of termites?

Take back your home from termites and other common household pests with help from the Epcon Lane professionals. For over 75 years, we have been working diligently to protect Northeast Ohio properties from our area’s move common and invasive pests. Our professionals use eco-friendly products and specialize in Integrated Pest Management to make sure we eliminate pests and stop their return. To get rid of termites, we complete thorough inspections, put together custom treatment plans, and provide follow-up services. To get peace of mind from termites, trust the professionals at Epcon Lane! Learn more about our effective termite control services in a number of Northeast Ohio service areas by giving us a call today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Eliminate termites and take back your home with the help of Epcon Lane and by implementing the following prevention tips.

  • Keep the soil around your home as dry as possible. Cut back landscaping from your home’s exterior to allow the sun to dry out the ground. 

  • Make sure gutters are directing rainwater away from the outside of your home.

  • Ensure your yard has good drainage.

  • Repair damage to the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Remove things like woodpiles, fallen trees, leaf piles, and other organic matter from your yard.

  • Use dehumidifiers to keep excess moisture from building up in your house.

  • Make sure kitchens and bathrooms are well ventilated. 

  • Repair leaky pipes as soon as you notice them, and make sure to replace any wood in your home damaged by water.

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