Buildings that are not properly protected from termites will eventually be damaged by termites. The best way to protect your home or building from termites is to be sure it has been preventively treated for termites and that the termite treatment is current and nothing has happened to compromise its effectiveness. Termite control is not a do-it-yourself job! If you want the job done right, it is important to contract with a licensed pest control company to apply termite treatments.
This web site is divided into sub-sections that focus on different aspects of termites and termite control. It begins with a brief overview of termite control recommendations. If you just want to know the best way to control an active termite infestation or how to preventively protect a building from termites, this is the place to start. Other topics include how to identify termites; how to recognize signs of termite infestation; how to avoid conditions that make a building more susceptible to termites; information on termite biology; and a more extensive review of the various tools and methods of controlling termites.
- Termite Control Overview
- Are these Termites or Ants?
- Insect Identification Service
- Signs of Termite Infestation
- Species of Termites in Mississippi
- Termite Biology
- Termite Facts
- Conducive Conditions (Common Termite Risk Factors)
- Methods of Termite Control
- Common Questions about Termites and Termite Control
Reticulitermes flavipes (eastern subterranean termites)
Coptotermes formosanus (Formosan termites)
Incisitermes snyderi (southeastern drywood termites)
Protect Your House from Termites
This publication addresses post-construction treatment of existing buildings.
What Homebuilders Need to Know About Termites
This publication addresses termite protection for new buildings
Dr. Blake Layton, Extension Entomology Specialist
Department of Entomology, Mississippi State University
The word “termite” strikes fear in the hearts of homeowners because this insect is the most economically damaging pest in Mississippi, is very common and requires constant vigilance. Blake Layton, entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the cost of termites is so large that it is hard to pin down.
Can you tell the difference between a termite and an ant? Termites and ants share a number of similar physical characteristics, and it can be hard to distinguish between the two at first glance. Since termites can be active long before they are properly identified, mistaking them for ants could be a costly error!
A dream of the Mississippi Pest Control Association and the Mississippi State University Extension Service is coming true after more than 20 years, thanks to a generous donation by one of Mississippi’s oldest pest-control companies.