Do you have teenagers? If you do, you may be tempted to think that the above statement is talking about these young people who never seem to stop eating. They keep coming back, raiding cupboard and fridge, over and over, seemingly non-stop. But the truth is, they do stop. After all, they have to sleep sometime. But do you know there is another type of creature that actually never stops eating? Yup, you guessed it; we're talking about termites. And if you think those teenagers cost a lot of money, consider the fact that termites cost U.S. property owners billions of dollars each year!
What are signs that termites are eating your home?
If you have termite colonies eating you out of house and home, literally, you may not have a clue that they are there. In fact, our nation's White House had termites eating away at its walls day and night without detection for several years! These destructive pests are called "silent destroyers" for a reason. But, if you know what you are looking for, you may be able to spot the signs these home wreckers leave behind.
Mud tubes. Subterranean termites (termites that live in the soil) build mud tubes that serve as bridges from the soil to the wood of a home. These are about the width of a pencil, and typically discovered on basement or foundation walls. They are built to keep the termites from being exposed to the elements and predators.
Wood damage. Termites eat wood cellulose and leave nothing behind but the wood grain. These signs may only be apparent if you undertake a remodeling project.
Paint that buckles. Painted walls, floors or ceilings with buckling paint occur when termites burrow into the wood and push the paint up. There may also be small holes in the paint where termites have broken through to reach the wood.
Swarmers. When a termite colony matures, it produces swarmers, or termite reproductives. They are only visible for a short period of time, so they can be easy to miss, and termite swarmers are sometimes mistaken for flying ants.
Discarded swarmer wings. If there have been swarmers, but they have disappeared back into your walls, they may leave discarded wings behind. These wings can sometimes be found in small piles in spider webs or on window sills. If outside, they can be found on surfaces of your home's foundation.
How can you keep termites from destroying your home?
There are many steps you can take to prevent termites from invading your home. Keeping the area surrounding your home as dry as possible is one of them. Also, storing all wooden materials well away from your home and repairing or replacing loose mortar and weather stripping around your foundation can be a great help.
If you've taken the above steps, but you want to know for sure that your home is free of termites, it is necessary to call in a professional. Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we offer a free home inspection where a specially trained pest professional will come to your home and determine if you have termites, or any other household pest, doing damage to your home. While you can't do much about those teenagers eating you out of house and home, you certainly don't have to put up with termites doing it. Get help from Rottler today, and keep your house safe from termite damage.
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