Termites: Good For The Environment, Bad For Your Maryland Home


Without termites, you would not be able to take a walk through the woods. Fallen trees and organic clutter like sticks, leaves, and brush would be everywhere. For this reason, we are grateful that termites exist. The only problem is that they do not stop eating wood when they enter our properties. These invasive pests will consume an entire home if given the chance. To help you better understand termites and keep them away from your Maryland property, here are some things to consider today.

A close up image of a termite.

The Benefits Of Termites

When a tree falls in the forest, it will just stay there, unless something comes along to aid in its disposal. Termites help out by consuming large pieces of wood like stumps and logs. Once they are done eating, their excrement fertilizes the soil. By working together and reproducing rapidly, termites are able to completely clear out large amounts of organic clutter in just a few years. 

How Fast Termites Destroy Wood

A fully mature colony of termites can consume a 2x4 of wood every six months. This alone does not make termites seem like much of a threat. However, when it is combined with the fact that multiple colonies can consume one structure of wood and that termites are among the most difficult pests to identify, you can start to see where the real problems lie.

When Do Termites Swarm?

Termite colonies start sending out swarmers once they have become mature. This sometimes takes six to seven years. If an underground nest of termites has recently become mature on your property, you might start noticing flying termites around your home, once a year. Subterranean termites, the most common species in our area, swarm during the spring.

Some Ways To Identify Termites

If your home is currently under attack by termites, there might be signs around that you can use to identify these pests. Here are a few of the most common clues these pests leave around homes.

  • Mud tubes running up foundational blocks
  • Hollow-sounding pieces of structural wood
  • Ripping or bubbling paint/wallpaper
  • Sagging drywall
  • Overly-squeaky stairs and floorboards
  • A rustling sound coming from inside structural wood
  • Live swarmers or their wings inside living areas
  • Dipping floors, buckling beams, and other severe structural damage

The Downfalls Of DIY Termite Control

Preventing and eliminating termites comes with one huge downside. They are hard to identify. Most signs of a termite infestation only show up after months and sometimes years after an infestation has begun. This makes knowing whether or not your DIY is working incredibly difficult. To make things worse, colonies are not easily eliminated. Many store-bought control products put a bandaid on the problem or don’t work at all. We have been in the pest control business for a while now, and we have heard horror story after horror story of homeowners trying to handle these pests on their own only to waste a lot of time and money.

When To Get A Professional Involved For Your Termite Problems

To save yourself time and money and make sure termites get out and stay out of your Maryland home, let the pest experts at Capitol Pest lend you a helping hand. We will thoroughly investigate your home and property, using advanced termite identification equipment and treat targeted areas in order to eliminate current threats and prevent future invasions. Our team understands pests and is happy to help members of our community find answers to the problems invasive species pose.

Call us today to have your questions about termites answered and to schedule your Maryland home for a visit.

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