Termite & Pest Treatment & Prevention Services Belleville, IL
What exactly is a termite? A termite, otherwise known as a wood-destroying insect, is a bug that thrives on the wood that makes up your home or office. It’s important that you maintain termite inspections to ensure your home and office are safe. Evidence of termites may indicate that you have an infestation and need treatment right away.
Signs you may have a termite infestation include:
- Discolored Drywall
- Peeling Paint (Resembling water damage)
- Hollow/Thin Wood
- Small Holes in Drywall
- Small Wings
- Squeaky Floorboards
Understanding the signs of termite infestations is important for a property owner or seller. It’s also important that before you purchase or sell property it is fully inspected by one of the termite professionals. Undiagnosed termite infestations can cause severe damage and can quickly become costly. By keeping up with termite prevention care, you can save money and your property from becoming damaged.
Termite Preventative Care
- Ensure that all leaky faucets and water pipes are repaired
- Routinely have your property inspected
- Try and maintain an 18 inch+ gap between soil and any wood foundation of your property
Additional Pest Control & Inspection Services
Here at American Termite, we also provide quality pest control services in addition to our termite prevention and treatment. We have experience in the following pest control areas:
If you’re a homeowner, chances are you’ve seen ants swarming in areas of your home. Ants are easy to attract as they are after two things; water and food. Ants tend to populate in wet/damp places in your home or in common areas where food is prepared, or left out. Here are some everyday tips from our experts to prevent ants from infesting your home.
- Seal all left-over food
- Try and not leave dishes in the sink for more than 30 minutes.
- Every day, make sure you are wiping your counters, appliances and floor down.
- Annual/routine ant infestation checks and sprays
Moles are often known as the rodent that destroys your landscaping and yard. Moles are small mammals that live underground by digging tunnels. Once moles have created a space or established an area, they can be difficult to rid of. Here are the most common signs that you may have a mole problem on your property:
- Veiny like UPWARD facing cracks running below the surface of your lawn.
- Small dirt mounds (entering and exits to their tunnels)
- “Spongy” like texture when you walk along the lawn
If you are witnessing any of these signs, please contact our team at American Termite right away and we will be there to assist you in riding moles for good.
There are many different types of cockroaches that you need to look out for throughout your home or office. Either way, you need a professional on site to rid of these pests for good. Here are some of the most common roach types to look out for.
- American Cockroaches
- Brown-Banded Cockroaches
- German Cockroaches
- Oriental Cockroaches
At American Termite, we have years of experience in ensuring spiders are gone from your home. Here in the metro-east area there are two main spider families that you need to watch out for; black widow and brown recluse.
The Black Widow Spider:
The black widow spider are black, shiny and with a small red underside. They are known to bite when they feel threatened or if they are guarding eggs. If bitten, you may experience fever, sweating and nausea. It’s important that you seek medical attention right away the contact us for proper treatments.
The Brown Recluse Spider:
The brown recluse spider is known to be dark brown with a “violin” like silhouette on their back. Similarly, to the black widow spider, brown recluse will bite in self-defense. Their bites can result in intense pain, fever and potential open ulcerating sores that will need immediate medical attention.
Bed bugs are more common than you may realize, and it seems as if they infiltrate almost overnight. Bed bugs are small insects that feed on blood. They can be extremely irritating for homeowners and commercial property owners alike as they will attack beds, chairs, and other furnishings to get what they want. Here is how to prevent and stop the spread of bed bugs:
- Always keep a sealed mattress cover on your mattress.
- Eliminate clutter near your bed frame and other furniture.
- Refrain from putting things under your bed
Wasps and bees are easy to mix up but actually have distinct characteristics between them. Knowing the difference can not only help with extermination but how to respond if you are ever stung. Here are the main bees and or wasps you need to look out for:
Honeybees are small and aren’t aggressive unless they are provoked. These bees are usually collecting pollen or nectar from flowers so they can create honey!
Bumblebees are similar to honeybees as they also collect nectar and pollen to produce honey. Unlike Honeybees, they are more likely to be aggressive as they don’t share their honey unlike honeybees.
Carpenter bees are known for the damage they cause to wooded infrastructure. They use decks, fences, and other wooded areas to burrow and create nests. However, female carpenter bees are able to sting and male ones aren’t. The main distinction is that the male bee will spin around you aggressively.
Hornets are known to be aggressive you come to close to their nests. Unlike other bees, they will make a nest just about anywhere that is convenient for them. Their nest often resembles a paper teardrop and varies in size.
Yellow jackets are known to be the least friendly type of wasp. They will sting unprovoked and will being to swarm if they feel their nest is in danger. They are often attracted to sweets and will more than likely make an unwelcome visit to your next outdoor event if you’re not careful.
Rats and mice. The most unwanted rodents. They tend to nest and infest homes in colder months as they are searching for shelter. They make their way in through vents, cracks, plumbing pipes and more. You can prevent rats and mice from enter your home by keeping your yard clean, refrain from over-grown vegetation, keep your food in sealed containers put away, and by never leaving dirty dishes out overnight.