Termites can cause devastating damage to your home. They are worldwide pests and often hard to detect. This makes them a number one pest to all homeowners. Some think they are a problem during the warmth of the spring and summer months only and that they either die or hibernate in the winter. This is wrong. Termites are a year round problem and one that should never be taken lightly. Dave’s Pest Control wants to help warn homeowners of the problem caused by termites and what signs to look for.
Termites feed on the minerals found in wood. They will create tunnels throughout your home’s wooden framing. The tunnels will make the structure weak over time and if overlooked, will need replacing. If left unchecked, these insects can spread throughout your entire home. This isn’t good! Where one area or wall being replaced wasn’t expensive enough, now imagine your entire home needing renovation. This is why you want to keep a constant eye out for the signs that you might have a termite invasion.
Swarming Termite Wing Identification
One sign that termites have recently moved in, is left over termite wings. They will be found near windows, doors and access points inside your home. The wings are transparent and all the same size, unlike ant wings where the front wings are bigger than the rear wings. When the young termite leaves the nest, they will swarm out one at a time looking for a new nesting site. Interesting enough, once termites find a new nesting site, they will twist off their own wings, because they will never leave the area again. This is one of the best times to strike against termites, before they begin to breed and create a large colony.
What Do Termite Mud Tunnels Look Like
You will want to keep an eye out for mud tunnels. They are typically found outside next to building, homes, sheds, trees, or anywhere there is a food source. They will create tunnels out of mud so they can travel from their food source and back to their colonies. They are sensitive to temperature and humidity changes. To test if the mud tunnels are still in use, some people suggest removing a small section in the middle of the tunnel. The theory is if you see any termites come out, or if the tunnel is repaired within a few days, termites are still at work. The problem with this theory is that when termites are disturbed, they often just move to other, more hidden areas of your home. That’s why it’s best to call a professional like Dave’s Pest Control!
Sawdust Evidence of Termite Wood Damage
Wood damage is a clear sign that there are termites about your home. If you happen to be doing some walls repairs or construction projects to your home and come across some damage to wood frames or even what looks like sawdust, this is termites feeding on your wood. Termites feed on the wood in search of cellulose. They will create grooves in the wood, weakening the structure.
Termite Inspection & Treatment
Dave’s Pest Control provides termite inspection and treatment services. We have techniques to help you locate termites without the need to cut through walls etc. and will treat your home from these destructive pests. If you see any signs of termites, do not hesitate to have your home inspected and treated. They are a devastating force of nature that can cost the homeowner thousands of dollars in damages. Contact us for more information.