During the cooler months of winter, subterranean termites retreat underground in order to survive. As the weather begins to warm up, these destructive insects emerge from their winter nests…and, yes, they’re hungry! If your home is near their nest, it could become where they make their dinner reservations…for 60,000 or more.
What to look for.
Subterranean termites often swarm on summer days. They form colonies underneath damp soil, and create little mud tunnels to move about. These mud tunnels are what allow them to make their way up to your house. Once they penetrate your foundation, or any other sort of wood source, they will eat it. The tricky thing about the way they eat is they do it from the inside out, so you may not notice that there is damage until it collapses. Do not be fooled by any smooth surface that may appear on the outside of a stretch of wood. Knock on it. If it sounds hollow, that is a sign that termites are inside feasting away. Another sign to look for is tiny slits on the outside of the wood. These slits may be an entrance that the termite created to get on the inside.
What to do to protect your home.
As you begin preparations for the summer months around your home, be sure to consider the possibility of a termite infestation. Knowing where they hideout and the common ways they get in is a good start to identifying if activity is present. If you do find signs of termites in your home contact a professional pest control company to come out and evaluate the extent of your damage and provide you with a plan and cost to get rid of the termites and replace all damaged wood.
Even if you don’t see any termite activity, which we hope is the case, we do recommend that you schedule an annual termite treatment. Doing this keep termites away from your home and protects you from being put in the uncomfortable position of having to pay a significant repair bill for damage caused by a termite infestation.
Termite prevention requires proactive inspections of the wooden structures of your home. Discovering an infestation can be difficult – termites are usually detected when significant damage has already occurred – but there are a number of tell-tale signs of their presence. If you come across any of these signs, contact a pest control professional immediately for their safe and effective removal.
When All Else Fails, Call The Pest Control Professionals
Although they can pose a big problem for homeowners in the summer, Pests can be easily prevented if proper precautions are taken. Starting now will help prevent major infestations from happening in your home and it will make eliminating the few pests that do find their way indoors much easier. If these tips don’t do the trick and your home is taken over by insects, you may consider contacting a professional pest control company to have the problem treated for good.
In Arkansas, a big rain like we had last week means more than just flooded backyards and slower traffic. With the rush of water coming in from all directions, there is an onslaught of different kinds of pests that ride the waves to their new home; yours! Ants, spiders, mosquitoes, and termites are notorious for increasing their numbers where heavy amounts of sitting water can be found.
Termites especially are a major nuisance for the amount of damage they can cause in a short period of time as well as how expensive it is to repair that damage. Termites.com states,
“A homeowner who discovers termite damage will spend an average of $3,000 to repair the damage”.
(Compare that to our $99 annual termite inspection fee and it seems like a no-brainer).
So, if it’s too late to prevent termites from entering your home, what should you do after you discover them? Perform the following on our To Do Termite Checklist.
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