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3 Quick & Easy Signs to Spot Termites in your Home

As a homeowner, it is important to spot the potential damage termites can cause to likely what is your largest investment – your home.

termite-houseTermites are considered the most substantial cause of damage to homes and structures, ahead of fire, flood and tornadoes combined. In fact, termites cost Americans more than $5 billion in damage annually, according to the National Pest Management Association. Educating yourself on termite fundamentals can help protect your home.

There are two types of termites that are common in North American homes: 1) subterranean termites (that live underground) And 2) drywood termites (that live entirely in wood). Subterranean termites build colonies in the soil, whereas drywood termites can be found in the framing, furniture and hardwood flooring of homes.

Although it is commonly believed that termites are active only in the springtime, they are in fact active in all seasons. Swarms of flying termites, the most visible evidence of termite activity, is almost always seen in the spring, but other signs are not so obvious. Save yourself a lot of grief and money by learning to spot termite infestations before they cause structural damage to your home.

3 signs your home may be infested with termites:

1. Swarmer Wingstermite-swarmer-wings

If discarded termite swarmer wings (from winged reproductive termites) are found inside of your home, it can be a sign of trouble. When there are dozens of swarmers or their discarded wings located indoors, you probably have a problem. If only a few are found on a window sill or on the floor beneath a vent, the chance of a large problem is far less, but may still exist. In either case, try to leave the “evidence” undisturbed. The type of

termite, number of swarmers and location of winged termites are important pieces of information. In some cases, the actual size of the swarmers can tell whether the termite colony is very young and weak or older and strong. Your termite control service company can give a more precise inspection and better service when they able to examine the evidence from visible signs found in your home.

termite-tubes

2. Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites build mud tubes on surfaces, such as a home’s foundation, to

provide moisture while they are searching for food. Store mulch, firewood and wood chips away from the home to avoid creating moisture-rich habitats for termites to survive and thrive.

3. Frass Droppingstermite-frass

Drywood termites produce wood-colored droppings called frass as they eat their way through infested wood. Keep gutters, downspouts and crawl spaces free of debris and cellulose materials to prevent food sources for termites.

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Termites pose a serious threat to your biggest investment: your home. If you suspect termite activity, call us for an an inspection. We will dispatch a licensed termite specialist that can recommend a customized treatment and prevention plan for your home.

 

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