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How to Check for Termites in the Home

In most cases of natural disasters reported in the United States, Termites cause dollars of damage every year to homes. Homeowners can guard their homes to reduce future problems. They can identify termite infestation early enough before they become serious. Residents are capable of catching the pest activity sooner when the inspection is carefully done. The common signs of termite infestation include shelter tubes, Flying swarmers, and wood damage.

Look for Flying Swarmers

The reproductive members of termite colonies or swarmers migrate during the summer season in the search for a new settlement. You can determine the presence of termites nearby by the emergence of winged insects from wood or soil.

Sometimes you may not see the pest, but they normally leave a cast of wings on the windowsills or around doors which are the main points of entry or exit. This is because they are attracted to light.

Identify Damaged Wood

Homes are damaged differently by several types of termites. Dry wood termites prefer tropical zones that are moist and will leave behind pellets or a pile of wood powder. The wood will have a blistered appearance when the termites tunnel through it closer to the surface.

There is also the damp wood termite which damages softwoods. Besides, damp wood termite can easily infest moisture-damaged wood. This type of wood will show lack of external damage since the wood openings have fecal material plugging.

There is also the damp wood termite which damages softwoods. Besides, damp wood termite can easily infest moisture-damaged wood. This type of wood will show lack of external damage since the wood openings have fecal material plugging.

Finally, subterranean termites are very common. They are not found in the open air, thus they will form galleries inside the timber. Fine looking wood on the outside may be full of tunnels within.

You can confirm whether an area has been infested by tapping or probing it using a screwdriver. When timber is damaged severely, it will sound hollow and can be pierced very easily. The moist or untreated wood which is in touch with the soil will be affected. The Formosan termites are considered to predominantly reside in the soil however they form aerial nests.

Termite Mud Tubes

Notice Shelter Tubes

Termites will build mud tubes also called shelter tubes out of wood particles and dirt.  These are glued together using their saliva including other liquids. Using mud tubes, they can move without dehydrating between their feeding sites and nests. These tubes are brown and about the width of a pencil. Usually, they are found on slabs or walls foundation, crawl space piers, floor joists, and attics. They may hang down vertically or run along flat surfaces.

If you want to know that the termites who built the tubes are still there, try scraping off the mud tube. When the tunnel is repaired or a new one is built by the pests, this shows the presence of an active colony.

Termite Inspection & Removal

Homeowners can easily do these tests on their own. But technicians who are professional pest control possesses extensive knowledge on termite habits, biology, as well as building methods, they are capable of performing more efficient and complete examinations. Their best tools can determine the extent of the damage, find termite nests as well as provide termite control

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