Termites can do a lot of serious damage to homes when infestations are left untreated. This damage can be severe enough to result in structural problems that leave homes unsafe. As a homeowner, it’s important for you to be aware of the warning signs of termites, so you can get an inspection and treatment. Check your home for the following termite signs.
Mud Tubes or Shelter Tubes
Mud, or shelter tubes are tubes that termites build to provide them with safe passageways to and from their nest and your home. Soldiers and workers use these tubes regularly to travel back and forth to bring food back to the colony and perform other tasks. You might find these built onto the exterior of your home, especially lower in the foundation. They lead to the termites’ underground nest. These tubes can vary in width depending on how large the colony is and other factors.
Termite droppings, also known as frass, left by drywood termites look like piles of very small pellets or sawdust. These piles are generally left outside a termite's entryway into your home. Termites kick these out of their tunnels as they burrow through the wood. You might find these droppings inside or outside your home. If you do, it’s time to have professional pest control experts inspect your home and check for an infestation.
Some members of termite colonies are reproductive termites, also known as swarmers or alates. They fly into the air at certain times in order to mate and find a place for a new colony. Some termite species, such as subterranean termites, do this during spring. Other species swarm at different times. In general, termites tend to swarm in the evening or at night. You might find their discarded wings lying in piles outside your home or inside it, especially close to windows or doors. In some cases, you might see these termites swarming in the air as they take flight.
Visibly Compromised Wood
One of the most common signs of termites is wood that's been damaged or compromised. There are different signs to check for in your home, including wood that sounds hollow, which means termites have consumed a lot of it. Other signs to look for include small holes in wood, floors that are very creaky and doors and windows that stick or don’t close properly. More severe signs of wood damage indicate that termites have been around for a while. Whether you notice minor or major damage to the wood in your home, you’ll need professional pest control experts to treat your home for termites. This helps prevent additional damage to your home from these pests.
If you’re worried about a possible termite infestation, contact Perfection Pest Control to schedule your inspection.
Termites can cause a considerable amount of damage to homes when an infestation is left untreated. Unfortunately, these pests can go undetected inside the walls of your home for months or even years. How do you know if you have them? Keep an eye out for the following warning signs of a termite infestation.
Mud Tubes or Shelter Tubes
One of the most noticeable signs that you might have termites in your home is the presence of mud tubes or shelter tubes. Termites build these tubes, which are roughly the width of a pencil, from the ground to your home. These tubes allow them to travel back and forth in a sheltered environment that provides them with enough heat and humidity. These tubes also keep them safe from predators as they move to and from your home. Keep in mind that larger or wider tubes often indicate a more serious infestation.
Not all members of a termite colony reproduce. Those who do are called swarmers, and these termites have wings that are discarded shortly after they fly off to establish a new colony. Termites that nest in dry wood might swarm at different times, but those that live in the ground tend to swarm during spring. If you see piles of discarded wings near your window sills or other areas of your home, it’s time to seek help from professional termite control experts. Check around the outside of your home, since you might find these wings out there as well.
Visibly Compromised Wood
Termites feed on wood, which is why they’re so destructive to homes. As they feed on wood inside your walls and other parts of your home, structural problems can develop. The wood becomes weaker and can sag or show visible signs of damage. Watch for areas of wood floors that sound hollow or sag. You can also tap on walls to listen for a hollow sound that indicates that termites have caused a significant amount of damage. If you notice signs of damage to the wood in your home, don’t hesitate to have an inspection done to check for the presence of termites. Having infestations treated promptly can help prevent further damage from occurring.
Don’t wait for termites to do significant damage before getting help. Contact us at Perfection Pest Control today to schedule your inspection.
Two common treatments exist when termites infest a house: baits and liquids. These aren't just two methods for delivering insecticide, either – they represent two important stages of response and protection. Let's talk about how they work, and what circumstances they really shine in.
What to Know About Bait
Termite bait is delivered in stations that are typically inserted into the ground or near damaged materials.
Sometimes baits are a type of alert; stations can be used to monitor areas for termite presence and track where the termite nest is and where termites have spread to. However, bait stations are also used to deliver termiticides particularly designed to kill termites. Many baits are slow-acting or made to build up in the system. Termites will carry the bait to their colony and feed it to the queen. Once termite queens are dead, the colony will start to collapse.
As a result, baits are best used early on in the process to see where they can pick up termites, and as a core treatment to target termites fast when they are in the house and already doing damage. Different products also give baits different advantages depending on the goals of the treatment, so they are a particularly adaptable solution. However, the bait stations depend on termites coming to them. If termites find a way around the bait station before it does its work, then the damage may continue. That's why professional placement of bait stations is important!
What to Know About Liquid
Liquid treatments are designed to form treatment zones around a house or building. Typically, a small trench is dug into the ground, the liquid is applied to the trench, and then it is filled back up again (although sometimes different liquids and sprays are applied in different ways). These liquids can be very potent — often, termites will die just from crossing over or will avoid drawing closer at all. When liquids are well-applied, they can prevent termites from reaching a house.
Obviously, this makes liquid treatments a good option for preventing infestations if you are worried about termites. Liquid treatments can be applied one time and guaranteed with a 1,5, or 10-year service agreement.
Do you have a pest problem or signs of damage that you would like inspected? Schedule your service with us today at Perfection Pest Control and find the right treatment for your issue!