It’s basically like finding a forgotten utility bill around the house since you’ll have to come up with at least a few hundred bucks to treat the issue, if not more.
There are various spot treatments available for termite infestations, but only when the infestation is small and isolated. Once the infestation has become widespread, you should find professional help. So hopefully you found this early.
Here’s what to do if you suspect a termite infestation:
Don’t freak out
Discovering a bunch of insects living inside your home might seem kind of scary, but there’s no reason to panic. A termite problem takes a while to cause serious damage, and although they eat around-the-clock, termites are very small. They aren’t going to destroy the house in a week or a month. This can wait until tomorrow or even the end of the week.
Do check for signs of an infestation
What are the signs to look for? Here are two.
- Pile of discarded wings: When termites establish a new nest, they sprout wings and “swarm.” Once the nest is established, they dump the wings in giant piles. If there’s an infestation in your home, there’s a nest nearby. Look for the pile of wings.
- Mud tubes: These look exactly the way they sound, and they’re constructed by termites for safe passage to and from the nest. Look for them on exterior walls and the foundation.
Don’t forget to inspect the yard
Termites have to find their way to your home, and it’s often the result of having wood in your yard. Firewood, old and/or dead lumber, and tree stumps could all attract termites. They’ll establish a nest nearby, and once they’re that close to the house, it may be susceptible to a termite infestation.
Even if it’s too late for your home, get rid of these wood sources now. Termites can always come back.
Do call a professional pest control company right away
Whether it’s an isolated issue or a full-blown infestation, you should call a professional pest control company immediately. Treating a termite problem yourself is very difficult and rarely effective. For more information about termite and other pest control issues, take a look around our blog. And if you’re ready to evict those termites, contact us.