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Termites - Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQs About Termites

How long does it take for termites to do significant damage to a house?

It can take termites 2-4 years to become well established in the walls or floors of your home before there are any visible signs.  

How fast do termites eat wood?

Eastern Subterranean Termites can eat 1 foot of 2x4 in 120 days.

Formosan Termites can eat 1 foot of 2x4 in 19 days. 

Drywood Termites consume wood at a very slow rate—it could be many years before a small pocket of damage is ever discovered.

What does it mean when I see flying termites?

Flying termites are called swarmers. Swarmers outside are common in the early spring, summer, and fall depending on the type of termite. A few from the thousands outside may find their way inside your home, but they usually are not an immediate risk.

Swarmers inside your home, more than 10-20 or so, is a strong indication that termites have established a colony inside the structure and your home needs to be inspected by a professional ASAP.

I see swarmers! But how can I tell which type of termite I have?

Eastern Subterranean swarmers will be black in color and typically swarm February through March during the day.

Formosan swarmers will be a goldish-orange in color and will typically swarm May through June in the early evening.

Drywood swarmers will be goldish-orange in color also; however, they will swarm around September.

How can I tell the difference between moisture damage and termite damage?

Moisture damage when dried will be shriveled and cracked, and there will be no dirt packed into the cracks and openings.

Subterranean Termite damage, Eastern Subterranean damage, and Formosans damage will have dirt in it. These termites have to seal out the dry air from inside the wood that they are infested in, so they use dirt and their own saliva to accomplish this.

Drywood damage will have smooth and clean damage with pellets like sandy granules that fall out when damaged areas are opened.

Is wood or mulch around my home a risk?

It is best to have no wood-to-ground contact around your home. It is also best to keep mulch and shrubs 10-12 inches away from touching your home. This way, you are eliminating the things that termites use to bridge over treatment barriers.

Termites are attracted to wood (cellulose), so if your home has no termite treatment barrier, it is only a matter of time before they will find and infest your home when scouting out areas around infested wood and mulch in your yard. However, if your home has a termite treatment barrier, wood and mulch are acceptable under certain conditions.

My neighbor just treated their home for termites—should I be concerned?

Yes, because subterranean termites will travel and scout out new areas to infest up to 300 feet away from the treated home.

No, however, if you presently have an active termite contract with a professional termite company and your home is regularly inspected.

How did termites get to Louisiana?

Eastern Subterranean Termites are native to Louisiana. Formosan Termites were imported to Louisiana in the 1950s.

FAQs About Extermatrim's Termite Control Services

When my home is treated for termites, do we have to leave the home?

No, your family does not have to leave. Termidor is one of the safest materials to treat termites on the market today, with virtually no odor. So it is safe to use with people and pets around.

Bait System vs Termidor liquid treatment—how much does it cost to treat termites?

There is much information on this subject, but as a quick summary:

  • Baits can cost $500-2,500 on an average home. Termidor $500-$1,500.
  • Annual Renewal, avg cost for Bait Systems $240-$500 per year. Termidor avg cost is $125-$180 per year.
  • Bait Systems can take 9-12 months to control an active infestation. Termidor liquid treatment starts working immediately.

How much does it cost to get a termite inspection?

FREE inspections are given on a structure to get a quote or advice on clients' concerns.

Real Estate inspections for a home sale or refinance, which require termite certificates, normally the average cost is $65-$160, depending on the termite inspection company.

What kind of guarantees are offered?

Louisiana Regulations require that all termite companies have at least $500,000 in liability insurance in case of negligence. Extermatrim carries $1 million in coverage. Extermatrim also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, which few other companies offer, on qualified homes.

What areas do you service?

We service Lake CharlesElton, and much of the Southwest Louisiana area.

Still Have Questions or Ready to Schedule an Inspection?

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