The NPMA estimates that termites cause $5 billion in property damage each year. That is a staggering figure and much of this damage goes undetected. Often, homeowners don't even realize they have termites until they begin to see the damage. Walls begin to bulge. Floors begin to sag. Doors begin to stick. And if you think you're safe because your house isn't made of wood, think again. Termites are able to get past metal and vinyl siding, plaster, and other exteriors. Once inside, they feed on floors, ceilings, cupboards, and furniture. This is the single greatest insect threat a homeowner can face. If you have not hired a professional to inspect your home, or routinely monitor your house for termite activity, you're taking a big risk. Here are three signs that could indicate termite activity:
Flying swarms or wings. In spring and fall, termites can be seen in swarms. You'll find their gossamer wings in a sheet on your deck, walkways, and sills, even if you don't see the swarm itself. Termite swarms are attracted to light, so you may see them dogfighting around a nearby telephone pole at night. Watch for those wings. If they chose your house to infest, you'll find the wings in the morning. You might see a winged insect crawling on your home after a swarm. Examine it closely. Termites have one body segment instead of three, like a flying ant. If you find one, don't wait any longer to call a professional. Termites eat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means they can do a lot of damage, in a short amount of time.
Mud tunnels. Termites do not like to be exposed as they travel from the soil around your home, to the insides of your house. For this reason, they create mud tunnels on your foundation walls. These tunnels look like veins, and go from the soil up under your siding. If you see these tunnels, you can test to see if they are currently being used. Break off a piece, and check back in a day or two. If the piece has been rebuilt, you have an active termite infestation. You can also peel back mulch, or dig into the soil next to your foundation to uncover termite activity.
External damage. Sometimes termites will feast on your fence, and give you a strong sign that you have an infestation. Termite damage looks like a wild animal tried to claw its way through. If you're fortunate, you may even see them crawling around the base of a partially dead tree.
Professional pest control companies can put monitoring devices around your perimeter, and check them routinely for termite activity. It isn't as expensive as you might think, and they'll be able to stop those termites before they can damage your home. They have the gear and the knowledge to check your walls for termites, and eradicate colonies, without a single drop of pesticides. Your pets will be safe. Your children will be safe. And your home will be safe. Look into termite protection before they turn your world upside down. This is not an insect you can wait to guard against. Learn more about termites today.
If you are seeing of these warning signs, contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions as soon as possible to have a free, no obligation inspection completed.