No one wants their home to become termite food, nor share their shelter with them They are often called the ‘silent destroyer’ because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. All termites consume cellulose-based plant materials. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide cellulose food for termite infestation. Here are four ways to detect termite infestation, so that you take expert pest control solutions accordingly.
Swarmers or discarded wings
Swarmers are young male and female winged termites. In the springtime, after the last freeze, termite swarmers emerge from their nest to mate and search for a new location. They even start searching for a new location to start a new colony, which usually includes our home. Hence, if you ever find discarded wings or termite swarmers near windowsills and doors, it is a first sign of termite infestation.
Termites Love Wood
Termites tend to get attracted to wood in search of cellulose. They often eat wood from inside to out. Over time, these grooves weaken the wood and create structural damage. So if you ever find soft wood or hollow sound when tapped, then often that is an obvious sign of termite infestation.
Cracked or Bubbling Paint
Cracked, bubbling of peeling off paint can often reflect two signs. It can be either paint related problems, or termites.
Mud tubes are created by the most destructive termite species. They build these tubes to provide moisture while they travel between their colony and food source. Their tunnels help block out cool, dry air, effectively turning your home into an environment where they can thrive. These are often found where ground meets your home or any other possible food source.
Termite infestations can compromise the structural stability of a home, and cause thousands of dollars in damage, without anyone even knowing. It’s important to get a termite inspection done by a licensed pest control professional every one to three years to keep the property safe from termites. Mr. Homecare does termite treatment that includes four quarterly treatments in the course of a year. To know more in detail, contact us.