What Homeowners Need To Know About Effective Termite Control
April 11, 2023 - Termites
Termites are capable of causing a lot of damage to your home. Many times, these destructive bugs are able to go undetected for a long time because they will live in the same piece of wood that they consume. So, there is a good chance you won't even know they are there until the damage is done.
At Miche Pest Control, we have spent years coming up with new ways to find termite colonies while they are still in the early stages. Our experienced pest control specialists know how to help you achieve total termite control in your home.
How To Identify Signs Of Termites
Some termites will live in large colonies that can have up to a million termites living in one nest. Even though they live in such large numbers, they still have an impressive ability to stay out of sight. While they may be difficult to see, there are quite a few clues you can look for that will help you determine whether or not you have termites on your property. Some of the signs of a termite infestation include:
- Bubbling or peeling paint on your home's interior or exterior
- Windows and doors becoming difficult to open and close
- Loose or buckling flooring
- White and translucent wings that have been discarded around your door and window sills
- Blistering wood
- Wooden pillars and beams that are soft to the touch or crumble easily
- Piles of termite droppings called frass, that looks like sawdust
If you have subterranean termites around your home, you will likely also find mud tubes. Subterranean termites live in underground colonies and will build long, slender tubes out of mud and chewed-up wood particles. They use these tubes to travel from their nest to your home without being exposed to the open air. Usually, the termite's mud tubes can be found attached to the walls of your home.
How Termites Compromise Structural Integrity
Termites will consume almost any type of wood they can find, but they prefer dead wood. This is the reason why you will usually find termites around homes, outdoor storage buildings, and other wooden structures.
Termites have been known to eat away at the wooden siding of homes, which can cause a lot of cosmetic damage to your house. But they don't stop at your home's exterior walls. Termites will also eat the wall studs and support beams in your home. If the termites are not stopped in a timely manner, they can cause your home to become structurally unsound.
How A Termite Infestation Starts
A termite infestation will usually start with the swarmer termites. These termites have wings and are able to fly short distances. During the early to mid-spring, swarmers will leave their nest to find a mate and start a new colony.
Typically, a subterranean termite will look for a place with moist soil to build a new nest. They are also more likely to start their colony near a home or structure with wood-to-ground contact. Once the swarmer termites find the perfect spot, they will build a nest and start reproducing to grow their colony.
The Benefits Of Year-Round Professional Termite Control
While the winter can be challenging for termites, these pesky insects can thrive all year long. This is the main reason why year-round termite control is so important. In order to ensure that the termite infestation doesn't get out of hand, you should have an experienced pest control specialist inspect and treat your home on a regular basis.
At Miche Pest Control, we know what it takes to keep your home termite-free. Give us a call today to get your home inspected and receive a customized termite control plan for your home.
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