At first, when termites make their way up from the soil and begin nibbling away at the insides of your walls, you won't see the damage being done. In fact, years can go by without anyone having a clue. But if this activity is allowed to go on for months and years at a time, the damage will start to become very apparent.
Mazes inside torn-out walls. When doing a renovation, if termites are present, it will become abundantly clear the kind of destruction these little wood eaters can do. Torn out walls will reveal troughs and channels where solid wood should be. Or, even more horrifying, you will be able to see the termites themselves squirming around and consuming your home.
Doors and windows that stick. Because termites weaken the support of a structure, walls will shift and windows and doors will cease to work properly. A window may get stuck open or closed. A door may start to scrape on the floor. Things just don't work as well as they used to.
Ceilings, floors, and walls are no longer straight. If termite damage is extensive, it can look like water damage has occurred. Ceilings, floors, and walls may look swollen or bumpy. Ceilings may begin to sag and floors may begin to have a noticeable slope.
How can homeowners protect their homes?
If you own a home, the best thing you can do on your own to protect your property is to do routine inspections. Search for mud tubes and the presence of winged termites. Mud tubes may be on foundation walls or on interior walls. Winged termites might be found under mulch or other wood products in your yard. Winged termites, which are also called swarmers, are the only termites that come out where you can see them. The rest will hide in the ground or inside the wood they are feeding on.
Getting rid of mud tubes and other visible signs of an infestation may slow down the damage being done by termites. You may even succeed in eliminating a colony that is found underneath a mulch bed. The problem is, you will never know if you have found all the colonies that are feeding on your home. Even worse, sometimes when colonies are disturbed, they may split and multiply, turning one colony into two or more.
How termite control works
At Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we offer two types of termite control. Our Term-Alert™ termite protection system is designed to detect the presence of termites before they even reach your home. In addition to the Term-Alert™ termite protection system, we also utilize the Rottler Termite Protection System™ featuring Sentricon® with Always Active™.
Having termite protection in place before termites silently eat away at your home is perhaps the greatest investment a homeowner can make. Reach out today to schedule your free termite inspection.