Termites are one of every homeowner’s biggest fears. Studies show that termites do billions of dollars in damage to homes every year. They feed on wood, mostly, but have also been known to feed on insulation, books, trees, shrubs and more within your home. With a termite infestation, sometimes initial detection can be difficult, and when infestation has been happening for a while behind the walls, the consequences can be devastating. In fact, termite infestations can go on for years behind walls and structures with no damage to the front coverings you see every day. In many cases, it’s a fluke that helps detect termite infestation, such as a vacuum or broom or even a person putting a hole in wood that would normally take more force to damage. Weak wood is an indicator of termite infestation that should be dealt with.
Termite control is a crucial part of taking care of your home. You should keep an eye out for termites at all times, particularly in Spring when they are most common. Termites are sometimes mistaken by homeowners as ants, because they have similar sizes and structures. A good way to tell the difference is by their antennae. Termites have straight antennae while ants have antennae that bend in the middle, sort of like a joint. While ants aren’t necessarily welcome house guests, it is the termites that you should be particularly worried about if you find them.
Other ways to detect termites include looking for termites emerging from the foundation of your home. If you see this, it would be best for you to immediately call termite exterminators to look at the problem. Damage to the foundation of your home can be extremely dangerous for you and your family if left untreated. Termites, like other types of bugs, are attracted to light, so it’s also a good idea to check around your windows, doors or other areas of your home where there is wood and a good source of light. You may also notice what looks like brown veining on certain surfaces. If you look closer, you’ll see that these are tiny tunnels made of mud which termites use to travel through when going from one structure to another. If you see these tunnels, you must call an expert like Salvant Pest Control immediately. Even if these tunnels aren’t currently active, they may indicate a past infestation or an infestation taking place in another part of your house.
No one likes to think about their home being devoured by an unseen enemy. If you own your home, this is essentially money being taken directly from you. If you are renting, you may end up footing the bill for the damage. Neither of these scenarios are desirable which is why it is always best to contact professionals to assess any type of situation that could indicate termite infestations. Keep an eye out for some of the signs discussed above, and never take a “wait and see” approach when dealing with pest control. If you do not act quickly during an termite infestation, you are putting your investment, your home and your family at risk.