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There are many pests that are a serious nuisance to North Texans.  Fire ants, wasps, fleas, cockroaches and more make most of the year interesting for homeowners; but the worst pest by far for anyone who lives in a structure made wholly, or in part, of wood is the termite.  Why are termites so bad?  Because not only do they do billions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses every year, getting rid of them isn’t a simple, weekend DIY project.  To remove termites, you need professional help.

Do Termites Serve a Purpose?

As with most bugs that bug us, we often think that termites exist just to make life difficult.  The reality is that termites serve a purpose and that purpose is to recycle cellulose, in the form of dead plants and trees, into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that they deposit in their droppings.  In many parts of the world, termites keep soil fertile where it might normally become barren.  The cellulose they consume also provides the nutrients that termites need to live.  Because they have a singular purpose, one that benefits the Earth and themselves, termites tend to be very focused and relentless when it comes to consuming wood and other types of cellulose.

Why Home Termite Treatments Don’t Work

Termites don’t just make the consumption of wood their primary purpose, they make it their purpose 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Regardless of the weather, termites are always active, eating and making little termites, so termite season is all year round, and termite colonies rarely stop growing.  The sheer number of termites, from 200,000 to 2,000,000 per colony, is one of the reasons that homeowners have a hard time treating termites; but the main reason that DIY termite control doesn’t work to remove termites is that over-the-counter chemicals simply don’t work.  While it’s true that termites can be killed with pesticides, the ones sold to non-professionals are usually meant to kill on contact, not to act as a barrier to more termites or as bait to kill the whole colony.  When colonies can number in the millions, chasing them down to kill them one-by-one is fruitless.

Why You Need Professionals To Remove Termites

It’s not an exaggeration to say that pest control experts know how to think like termites.  They know every place in your home that termites might take refuge and they know every food and water source around your home that will attract them.  The fact is that no trail of termite damage is ever a surprise to an experienced termite inspector, whether it’s through the center of a decorative porch column or inside a roof support beam in your attic.  Professionals have a variety of tools that allow them to pinpoint the location of termites inside your walls and woodwork, like detectors that register the sound of termites eating wood, and they have the right chemicals to do the job of creating a barrier around your home and eliminating entire colonies of termites.

If you suspect you have termites in your home, get the help of a termite specialist.  Call us at Bug Commander Pest Control in Frisco, TX at (214) 307-1933 to remove termites and to prevent them from infesting your home.  Visit us online to find out more about our complete line of pest control services.