Warmer weather in Oklahoma brings termites

Avoid costly damage to your home caused by termites


Termites in Oklahoma

Termites are active across the state of Oklahoma and cause millions of dollars of damage to structures each year. The probability of termites infesting a wooden structure within 10-20 years of being built is over 70% which is why you may have heard Oklahomans say “it’s not if, but when” in regard to termite infestation.

Subterranean termites, known to be the most destructive species, live in the soil and are found throughout the state. Drywood termites are not native to Oklahoma but it is possible for them to travel in wooden objects, such as packing crates and furniture.

Signs of Termite Activity

Signs of a subterranean termite infestation include:

Swarmers: Swarmers are winged termites responsible for reproduction and establishing new colonies. Commonly spotted in the spring, they are often the first sign of infestation. When swarming termites find mates, they shed their wings so finding discarded wings on window sills or floors is a sure sign of infestation.

Mud Tubes: Mud tubes are flattened, muddy looking hollow tubes that are about the width of a pencil. They are most often found near the home’s foundation but are often less visible, running underneath flooring, or behind baseboards and siding.

Wood Damage: Termites feed on wood from the inside out. So, while inspecting your home for termites, knock on wooden structures and pay attention to if they sound hollow. It is also important to check for rotting wood.

What to do if you suspect you might have termites

In states like Oklahoma where termites are common, it is important to maintain an effective termite control and prevention program. Termites are often difficult to identify without specialized training so a yearly inspection with the licensed termite inspectors at Avenge Pest Control can help protect your home.

Additionally, do it yourself home treatments are generally ineffective. While some may appear to work in the short term, they often do not eliminate termites and they do not prevent them from returning.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service at Oklahoma State University says “If you know or suspect that your home is infested with termites, retain the services of a competent, professional, termite control company. Termite control requires specialized equipment and professional knowledge.”

Contact Avenge Pest Control today to schedule a free termite inspection. Call 405-693-2233.


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