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How To Know If You Have Termites

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Do you have Termites problems in your Home? Here is How to Know!
Termites are indisputably one of the most resilient and hardworking insects there is. Their hardworking and resilient nature not only increases their survival capabilities but also makes them a huge problem for humans.

 

The United States alone records millions of losses from termite damages every single year. The best way of minimizing or completely doing away with such damages is by detecting their presence early before they start destroying your home or place of business.

 

So, how would you know that you Have Termites?
Because these pests are always well hidden, it can sometimes be a little harder to directly spot them unless one is very keen on where to find them. However, the good news is the fact that there are lots of signs that could tell if the termites are in the surrounding or not. Here are some of the indicators to know if you have a termite infestation.

Presence of Flying-Swarmers
The swarmers are the reproductive type of termites. They usually fly around looking for the next suitable location for settlement and reproduction. Therefore, the presence of the flying swarmers in your house is a clear indication that the termites are around. But just as we’ve stated in the beginning, in some cases one may never need to spot the actual pests. So, even the presence of cast-off wings scattered on
the ground should be enough evidence that you have a termite problem

Termite - Swarmer

Is There Damaged Wood?
This is yet another critical question that residents need to ask themselves on a regular basis. Being that the termites feed on wood they’ll always leave behind damages that can be noticed quite easily. But in order to clearly understand the concept of wood damage, it’s important to note that there are different types of terminates each of which causes unique damages on wood.

Dry-wood Termites – This type lives in moist areas and are known to leave behind wood pellets or
powder. The presence of blisters on wood is also a sign of the presence of dry-wood termites in
the home. The blisters result from the near-surface tunnels created by the termites as they burrow through
pieces of wood.

Drywood Termite

Dampwood Termites – Unlike the case of dry-wood termites, the damage caused by damp-wood termites can’t be easily noticed externally. This is mainly because any opening resulting from the damages is always sealed by the termites’ fecal matter. So, the best way to know if there are damp-wood termites around is by means of touch. Wood that feels soft when pressed or sounds hollow when knocked is a sure sign of the presence of dump-wood termites.

Dampwood Termites

Subterranean Termites – They are actually the most common types and the easiest to detect. Most of them can’t survive in the open air and for this reason, they usually make galleries through which they move from one point to another or within the timber. Wood that sounds hollow when knocked by a hard object or ones that are easy to pierce with a screwdriver shows the presence of subterranean termites.

Subterranean Termites

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Presence of Shelter Tubes
Shelter tubes are the most straightforward signs to notice. The shelter tubes, also called mud tubes, are the tunnels through which the termites move between the nests and the feeding sites. Noticing the shelter tubes shouldn’t be enough reason to conclude that termites are around. They might have been there some months ago only that their mud tubes never got damaged. So, the best
thing to do is to break a portion of the shelter tubes and come back after one day and check if it has been rebuilt. That’d be a great sign that the pests are present.

 

How then could you Detect Termite Infestation?
With the knowledge we provided of the indications of a termite infestation, detecting them should be no problem.  Below are the three ways that will help you out.
1. Shed Wings – Not all termites can reproduce but the reproductive types usually grow wings during the
mating season. The wings get shed off immediately after mating and the residents need to take immediate
action should they notice such wings.
2. Damaged Wood – As we’ve already mentioned, termites feed on wood, so if you see massive damage to wood, then that's something you definitely need to consider when determining if you have a termite problem. These are signs that these pests are in your compound.
3. Mud Tubes – The fact that some types of termites can’t survive in the open air makes it easy to detect an
infestation. This is always indicated by the mud tubes through which they move from one location to the
next.

 

How to Prevent and Remove Termites
When the termites destroy furniture and other valuable items made of wood, residents suffer huge losses. It’s
very advisable that you call Strategic immediately after you have detected the presence of termites. Our experts will come to your house and remove your termite problem and help you with preventative measures to keep termites off your property.  

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