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Spring Brings Termites In St. Louis!

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Termite Control St LouisWhen the leaves sprout and the weather turns warmer, you can see the St. Louis area coming back to life, especially after a hard winter like we just had.  This is great to see, and gives the area a reason to get out and enjoy the weather, whether it's hiking, gardening, picnicing or just sitting outside and loving the sunshine.  However, this is also the time of year here when pests get out of control, and termites become such an issue.  Termites see the warm weather as their time to turn your wood into their meals, and damage your home from the outside in.  How can you protect yourself from termites?

 

The first step is prevention.  There are a few things that can be done to make your home a little more secure against these pests.  First, since you're alreday going to be outside more, take a walk around your property.  Look for ways that termites can gain access to wood on your home, such as:

  •     wood against the ground
  •     plants touching the house that can be trimmed away
  •     tree branches that access your walls
  •     open vents
  •     stacked firewood
  •     any other convenient walkway onto your home you can see.  

These are just the easy ones.  You can guarantee they are already there if you try these steps:

  •     Look for shelter tubes out of mud that let them climb safely to the food that they need.  To test if these are active and therefore an issue, break one off and see if it is rebuilt.  If it is, call a pest control expert immediately.
  •     If you have mulch, make sure you pull it back to inspect for termites.  If they're there, you can't miss them.
  •     Take wood that you think may be comprimised and tap it - if it sounds hollow, investigate further.  If it appears hollowed out, you have termites.
  •     Follow the moisture.  If you think that you have termites, look for sources of moisture near your home and look for termites.  They crave moisture and need water to thrive.
  •     Check your cracks and crevices.  These are cracks in the foundation where termites can slip into your home and munch to their heart's content.

If you see these signs, you likely have a termite infestation.  There are over the counter liquids and traps that you can try, but the best course of action is to call in a professional.  Professionals know how to find the hiding places and tracks of termites, and how to make sure that they can be pushed out and kept out.  They will find the places that the termites hide and remove them.  Richardson Pest Solutions of St. Louis uses Termidor to help control these pests.  Termidor is a professionally applied termite defense product that is undetectable to drywood and subterranean termites. Since its introduction, over 3.75 million homes have been protected with Termidor, making it America’s #1 termite defense product. Termidor controls Subterranean termites, including the extremely destructive Formosan Subterranean termites, Dampwood termites and Drywood termites.  Call Richardson Pest Solutions today to setup a free estimate and free inspection, and make sure that termites don't eat you out of house and home.  Call (314) 297-2210 in St. Louis or 636-387-2400 in St. Charles for Termite Control in St. Louis!

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Unwanted guests are always nuisances. Unwanted pests are downright bothersome. If you have animals invading your attic or critters crawling where they shouldn’t be, contact Richardson Pest Solutions. We are members of the National Pest Management Association, and have been a family-owned and family-operated business since 1972. Please contact us today for free inspections and estimates. We’re available Monday through Saturday and we’re ready to serve you. Certified Applicator License #10018


 


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