Many homeowners find it unnecessary to identify the pests that come their way, but this practice could be a death knell for your home’s safety and structural soundness.
In all fairness, it is particularly difficult to spot termites and other wood-eating insects before it becomes too late. Most termite species are particularly reclusive and are experts at staying out of sight. Hiding in walls, floorboards, or mud tunnels running up and down the sides of the foundation, termites remain hidden while they munch on any wooden objects they can reach. An important fact about termites is that each species prefers a different type or texture of wood, as is reflected in their names.
Although each species of termite has its own unique features, there are several characteristics that identify these pests in general. These are:
- Color patterns of white, yellow, grey, or a cream yellow
- Short antennas that are straight and do not elbow in the middle
- Large mandibles that are generally darker than the termite's bodies
- A size range between 1/8 of an inch and 1 inch
Many entomologists and construction professionals warn homeowners to remain vigilant of encroaching termite activity near their homes. In fact, refusing to be proactive about termite identification may lead to severe structural damage that could significantly affect your way of life. The numbers don’t lie: termites cost United States home and business owners over 5 billion dollars yearly. If you don’t act now, you may be putting yourself and others into harm’s way.
Spotting termite problems in your home may be difficult for trained and untrained eyes alike, but there are certain signs you can look for:
- Tight-fitting doors and windows
- Soft clicking noises emanating from an unknown place
- Frass, or very fine wood dust
- Hollow-sounding wood when tapped
- Mud tunnels along basement walls, foundation walls, crawlspaces, and other areas
Still not sure if termites are the real culprits behind your home’s mysterious happenings? Book a free home inspection with one of Innovative Pest Control’s finest technicians to get a hold on pest problems before they progress.
What Texas Residents Need To Do Before A Termite Infestation Happens
If no signs of termite activity are found on your property, it is not time to celebrate yet. A termite infestation can happen at any time or in any place, which is why strong prevention methods are needed year-round.
- Termites need large quantities of moisture to continue living in your home. Dehumidifiers are excellent ways to cut down on air moisture within problematic rooms, especially basements, garages, and other less finished spaces.
- Check your home for rot, molds, mildews, or other signs of decomposing wood. Address these immediately. Soft and rotted wood is a termite’s foremost attractant.
- Add weather stripping around entry points of your home, especially in basements or other moisture-loving rooms.
If you are currently building a house or an addition to your home, considering utilizing pre-treated termite wood to prevent any future infestations.
For more helpful tips and tricks regarding termite prevention, contact the helpful professional team at Innovative Pest Control now.
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If you do see signs of termite activity around your house, it’s important to act fast before your resident colony becomes larger than it already is.
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