Signs And Treatment of Termite Damage
Termites are responsible for billions of dollars of damage every single year in the United States. They are found in 49 states and can cause havoc on your home. Being proactive against termites is one of the best steps to lessen any damage they can cause.
Your first step is to search for any signs of termite damage on a regular basis. If you already have had termite damage in the past, you may want to have a plan with a company to keep an eye on things so they don’t return.
Here are some of the top signs of termites on your property.
1. Discarded Wings
When termites start a new colony, they fly to the location. This generally is the one and only time they will fly, so they twist them off and discard them. They typically can be found in areas of your home such as your windows, doors or other entry points.
2. Mud Tubes
Check around the outside of your home, where the ground is close to your foundation. They also can be near sheds or a tree. Anything with wood will attract termites. These appear because termites need humidity and a certain temperature to survive. They make these tunnels to help block out the cool and dry air; this helps create the perfect environment for them to thrive.
3. Wood Damage
The most obvious sign of termite damage is wood damage. Check any wood you can see in your home, but especially areas behind surfaces like walls and floors. Termites love to chew and eat wood. They are trying to find cellulose. In the process, they leave grooves which is going to weaken and, ultimately, destroy the wooden support of your home.
This goes back to the discarded wings. Sometimes, you will notice what seems like a swarm of flying ants. However, ants don’t fly so they are actually termites. This means a nest is probably nearby. A swarm happens when males and females leave one nest to begin a brand new colony. You are most likely to see this happen in the spring (March, April and May) and the fall (September and October).
You may notice signs of termite damage in other areas. If you have a garden, look at the decking and wooden fencing. Termites love anything with wood, including your garden. If you happen to have a fallen tree in your yard, check there as well.
If you suspect you have termites, it is very important to call a termite exterminator. These experts are trained to spot and treat the infestation. While there are some home remedies for termites, chemicals are often needed to eliminate them. Here are some common ways to get rid of termites.
• Liquid Termite Treatment
This technique usually involves liquid applied to the soil around your home. The goal is to lay down a chemical barrier that stops termites from entering your home. This results in the death of the termites in your home as well. They have to return to the soil; once they go into the soil, they cannot reenter your home.
• Bait Treatment
This involves using termite bait, such as cardboard, paper, or other food the termites deem edible. On this bait, there is a lethal substance placed. They are placed below ground in the yard. The termites are going to feed off the bait and share with the colony. All of this is going to result in their death. The chemical is slow-acting, so it does take some time for it to work.
Liquid termite treatment can last up to 5 years, whereas the bait treatment will need regular maintenance. The experts will be able to recommend the best option for your home. Don’t wait to call a termite exterminator; termites can cause you thousands in damage.