With the welcomed warmth of spring weather so come the unwelcome spring pests. There are many different types of pests that come out of hibernation during this time of year. Warmer spring months are a great time for pests to repopulate after a long winter. One common pest that homeowners do not want to deal with this time of year is the termite. Unfortunately, spring is a perfect time for them to grow their colonies. These pests will go out in search of the nearest food source, primarily feeding on wood, and will send out swarmer termites to search for an ideal area to start a new colony.
The new colony will have its own queen and start to infest whatever wood source they can find. Termite infestations are very dangerous for homeowners. Termites will consume wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This means that they can cause massive damage to any wooden structure in your home within a short period of time. They are actually known to cause over 5 billion dollars worth of damage to homes every year in the United States. The major problem is that they tend to hide out inside your walls and can cause massive damage without ever being noticed.
Some signs to look for this spring are sawdust around the walls of your home, sagging floors, door or window frames. This could be an indication that the wood within that wall or under the floor is being eaten away by termites. Another thing to look for, especially in the spring, is the shed remains of swarmer wings. Once swarmer termites have made a new colony they eventually lose their wings. This is typical to find around window sills and door frames on the interior or exterior of your home.
If you see any of these signs, it is best not to ignore them. Contact a professional pest exterminator. They are highly trained to assess the situation, find where the infestation is coming from and completely eradicate the problem. Trying to get rid of termites on your own can be very costly, time consuming and ultimately ineffective. There is no way to tell if you have truly eliminated all of them on your own. A professional team of exterminators is trained to eliminate them fully and can also set you up with an ongoing plan to protect your home against their return. If you think you might have a termite infestation, Call Rottler for a FREE, no obligation inspection anytime at 314-426-6100.