Checking your Home for Termites this SpringIn Summer on March 13, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Written by admin
Termites are a potential threat to homes all across America and they cause much of their damage in silence because signs of their presence are not always visible. As the spring season nears, it is important for homeowners to be able to identify termite infestations and their warning signs to take action before they cause extensive damage. It is estimated that termites cause over $5 billion worth of damage per year in the U.S. which makes it important to identify them as quickly as possible.
There are more than 2500 species of termites in existence worldwide with subterranean and drywood species being the most common found in the Midwest. Subterranean termites cause the most destruction of any termite species. They build elaborate tunnel systems within the soil that allow them to eventually reach decks, porches, or the foundation of a home. Drywood termites live within the wood that they eat and they can be found in homes living within walls and other wooden structures. Identifying the warning signs of a termite infestation is crucial for keeping your home protected from the worst effects of both types.
Termite Warning Signs
- One major warning sign of a termite infestation is wood damage. Wood pieces that have been damaged by termites are typically honeycombed or hollowed out. You can inspect wood for termite damage by knocking on it to tell if it is hollow or probing it with a flathead screwdriver or a knife.
- Another warning sign to look for is termite fecal pellets which may appear as piles of coarse sand. The fecal pellets fall out of the infested wood and are found in random piles throughout the home.
- Termites may leave behind mud tubes along walls, baseboards, and pipes or in attics and crawlspaces.
- Sight of flying termites or wings of flying termites found on windowsills could indicate a termite infestation somewhere in the home.
Inspection for Termites
It is highly recommended that homeowners have their homes inspected for termites by a pest control professional at least once a year. Green T Pest Control provides termite inspections to catch them before they can cause extensive damage to your home. During the inspection, we check the most common places within a home that termite colonies may form such as the attic, basement, and crawlspace, as well as around windows and plumbing fixtures.
If a termite infestation is discovered by our inspection, we will create a treatment plan to eliminate the infestation from your home. The final step of our termite inspection is to recommend a strategy for preventing future infestations. This spring, keep an eye out for the warning signs of termites around your home and if you notice any sign at all suggesting a termite infestation, do not hesitate to contact Green T Pest Control for a full termite inspection and control services.Comment »