Termites – How to Find Their Damage

Termites are a big pest. In the United States alone, these wood-blasting bugs cause more than $ 5 billion dollars annually in property damage. That’s a lot of wood being eaten!

The damage from termites is like slow burn … they spend time wrecking a mess that is often completely unnoticed. Once the termite damage is visible, it may have been going on for months or even years and can be much more of a problem than one might imagine. Structural damage can be done to floors, studs, joists, roof supports, posts – all the ‘strength’ of a structure is vulnerable. It all looks great, and then, BAM! Thousands of dollars in repairs.

There are more than 40 different termite species in the US and they all ‘flock’ at different times of the year to infiltrate new locations. Once a colony matures, new queens are created that want their own location. As a queen leaves a nest in search of a new structural victim, many terms follow her in what is known as ‘swarming’. It can be thousands of terms at a time! If you see a flock of termites inside your home (gag!) Or anywhere around the outside of your home, chances are you already have some damage and need to go on it as soon as possible!

Other signs to look for are vibrant paint as the damage is underneath. Also, wood that sounds hollow when taped or wood that slips easily with a spongy feel – that is a sure sign of the damage beneath the surface. Dry wood termites leave legendary piles of what looks like sawdust outside of wood that they plunder. During a flock, the termites grow temporary wings that are then discarded so many wings that are not attached to a fault are a huge clue. Additional signs are intermittent floors, fixed windows and doors, tile loosening or sudden cutting of floorboards.

It is advisable to deliberately conduct a property inspection at least once a year to look for signs mentioned above. Early detection and treatment is of paramount importance to prevent catastrophic damage.

If during your inspection you have any of these signs of termite infestation, you want to face it immediately. Pest Control Professionals are most likely to use harsh chemical pesticides – which is not necessary. There are natural alternatives that can manage the issue – and even prevent the presence of these wood eaters initially.

Using all natural pest control options, it is simple to pre-treat properties so that termites know they are not welcome. If they are already there, these same products can control the current termites and eggs of future generations.

No reason to be ‘pestered’ by termites when you know how to prevent and treat them.

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