There’s no more terrifying sentence for homeowners than: “You have termites.” Termites are worse than spiders, ants, and just about every other pest because they can cause serious damage to your home and property. The fear is real. Detection is the first step in termite control.
The Real Monster Under Your Bed
Termites’ small, soft bodies are deceptive. These little monsters create large colonies, feeding on wood and destroying unprotected homes and other items made of wood. They are notoriously difficult to detect because they hide. Termites feed on wood, but leave a “wall” that masks their activity. Often, by the time they are discovered, the damage is significant.
Here are a few signs you may need a termite control professional:
Hollow Sounding Wood — Termites tunnel through wood, but leave a “wall” to protect themselves from the environment. If you tap on your wall and hear a hollow sound, you may need termite control.
Mud Tubes —Termites create long mud tubes leading up to your home’s foundation. For all the destruction, these pests are fragile creatures and need a moist environment to survive.
Swarms — When establishing new colonies, winged termites fly in swarms of thousands. These swarms can even occur inside your home. Scary thought, right?
Wings — When a swarm finds a new home, they will remove their wings. Piles of wings are found around your foundation, window sills, or on your floor. It is a sign a termite colony is in the startup stage. Call termite control immediately.
Frass — This is the powdery excreta left by all boring insects. They push it out of holes in your walls, and it can be found in piles on the floor.
Cracks — As wood becomes weak, you may discover cracks in your walls or ceilings. Another sign is if your floors feel soft or elastic. This condition must be evaluated immediately.