Termite damage is something to avoid at all costs. Unfortunately, termites can be incredibly difficult to detect, leading to extensive damage in some cases before the infestation is discovered. But if you know what to look for, you may be able to put a stop to the invasion before it’s too late. There are certain things that can be done to keep an eye out for termites, and it’s important that you take the time to do so before you have a full-blown infestation on your hands.
The number one thing that you should do to stay on top of a termite infestation is to have a termite inspection conducted by a professional exterminator every year or two. Since termites can be so difficult to identify, only a professional will be able to verify with certainty if your home is completely termite free. If you don’t have a regular pest control technician that visits your home, search for a company specializing in termite control. Dealing with termites requires knowledge that your run of the mill pest control tech may not have.
Aside from the inspection, there are a few things you can keep an eye out for on your own. There are two types of termites that you will typically deal with: subterranean and drywood. Subterranean termites live underground in damp soil. Drywood termites build their colonies within the wooden structures that they invade and feed upon.
Subterranean termite damage is often quite extensive before it is spotted by the naked eye. This damage may appear to be water damage in some cases, with buckling wood and swollen floors and ceilings. You may also notice a scent similar to mildew or mold in some cases. The only easy to spot indication of subterranean termites are the mud tunnels they create from saliva, mud, and feces. They use these tunnels to access above ground food sources, and they are often located near the foundation of your home. If you see a mud tunnel, you either currently have a termite infestation, or have had one in the past. It’s important to immediately reach out to a pest control technician for an inspection and treatment at this point.
Drywood termites make their home deep inside the walls of your home or inside of your wooden furniture. You often won’t recognize that you have a drywood termite infestation until damage begins to show on the furniture that they have invaded or the wooden walls of your home, or until you see a swarm of the termites themselves.
A termite swarm occurs when the colony has gotten quite large, and the weather conditions are just right. At this point the termites decide it’s time to set out to establish another colony. These swarms often show up in warmer months, and you may notice them near light sources, such as a light fixture or window. You may also notice piles of discarded wings near windowsills or in other areas of your home. If you see either of these things, call in the professionals immediately.
Your home is your biggest investment, and one that you want to protect against any and all damage. Taking the time to do a termite check on your own, as well as having a professional inspection done on a regular basis, is worth any effort or expense that you may incur. A termite infestation can be incredibly costly if left alone for any amount of time, so staying ahead of the issue is essential.