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You don’t have to be a pest management professional to know that termites are more than just a nuisance. Maybe you suspect you have an infestation on your hands. Perhaps, you do have a confirmed infestation on your hands. Whatever the situation is, if you are thinking termites, it is not good. At least, you’ve made it here. The problem is termites are difficult to control. In fact, many homeowners can’t control them. They tend to take control, so it is best to try to prevent them in the first place.
Treating For Termites And What You Need To Know
Termites in your area are just a fact of life. There is no getting around these wood borers. Of course, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent them from getting on the property. There are also plenty of things you can do once they do get on the property. However, the idea is to prevent them from getting on the property in the first place. One thing most homeowners don’t know is that pest management firms like ours regularly offer termite treatments, just like roach prevention treatments. This is something we offer regularly, although a lot of people aren’t aware.
This being said, plenty of property owners fall behind when it comes to termites, and this is where major problems start. Once termites get on the property, it doesn’t take long before they start causing major problems. Before you know it, you could be looking at collapsing beams and structures. While the termite is no longer than a centimeter, it can cause thousands of dollars of structural damage to your property. The problem is most people don’t see the problem until it’s too late. Therefore, it becomes more than imperative to learn how to detect and eliminate these pesky pests.
This is something we are more than glad to do for you, but you must know you have a problem before you can do anything. Here’s how you can go about determining that.
What Are Termites
Most people have heard of termites, but that doesn’t mean they know everything needed. In fact, most people know nothing nowhere what is needed. Termites are small insects that feed on cellulose found in dead trees, wood, plants, cardboard, and a variety of other common products. These pesky pests prefer to live in dark, dank places like the foundation and walls of your home. If left unchecked, it won’t be long before you have major problems on your hands. And this is usually what gets most people.
Know Thine Enemy
If you are going to battle termites, you need to familiarize yourself with your enemy. In your specific area, there are two types of termites you’ll have to contend with. These will be the Subterranean termites and the Drywood termites. The Subterranean species build colonies underground and need a constant and steady supply of soil to survive. The Drywood termites, on the other hand, live in wood above ground and don’t rely on soil. This being said, both species are much more active in the warmer months. Therefore, summertime inspections become essential. At the very least, you might catch a problem early on.
Learning The Early Warning Signs
Whether you are going to DIY your termite problem or going to reach out to us, you need to know you are, in fact, dealing with a problem. This is something we can also help with, but if you want to make the confirmation yourself you can.
Constantly inspect your wooden structures in dank and dark areas. While inspecting, give the wood a little tap or knock and listen for hollow sounds.
Inspect these same areas for mud tubes. Outer walls, beams, and crawl spaces are some of the common areas you’ll want to keep an extremely close eye on. Mud tubes are erected from soil and termites use them as protection from outside threats and predators.
If you see cracks or bubbling paint on the walls, it could be a good indication you have an infestation on your hands.
Pay close attention to swarming or winged termites. You might also see discarded wings by your windows, doors, or vents, as these pesky pests will shed their wings when they find suitable housing. It is the swarming members that fly out and seek suitable building grounds for colonies. When those grounds are found, they will shed their wings and build.
Whether you suspect you have a problem on your hands or know that you do, indeed, have a problem, our phones and doors are always open. All you must do is reach out and we’ll get someone on the property as soon as possible. We do always have emergency specialists standing by if and when there is a call for such services. We want our customers to feel safe and secure.