Have you ever had unwanted company come to dinner? It’s awkward enough when they show up uninvited, but then they continue eating until your pantry is almost empty. In some cases, termites can be those unwanted guests, and they may not limit themselves to the kitchen. Termites most commonly eat the wooden structures in your home, causing thousands of dollars in damage that may not be covered by insurance. Keep reading to discover if you have a termite problem.
What Are Termites?
Termites are tiny insects that are generally white with a box-shaped abdomen and four wings. They travel in colonies looking for dead or decaying plant matter to consume. Wooden structures are one of their favorite sources of food. Once they find a good food source, termites get to work quickly eating as much as one pound in one month’s span. As they only live underground in damp, cool places, it may be difficult to detect if your home has termite activity. It is recommended that you thoroughly inspect for signs of these pests once every six months. Keep reading for evidence that you may have termites.
How Do You Know if You Have Termites?
A common sign of termites is finding tiny clear wings near doors and windows, wood shavings and mud tubes on wooden structures or wood piles. Be aware of areas where termites may enter your home, especially wherever there are wooden structures. There are many ways where they can enter your home. Often times these pests will tunnel through your basement and eat through walls. However, they can also enter through windows and doors or infected firewood and wooden furniture brought into the home. It is important to keep an eye out for these signs, as termites are often hard to detect and can cause a lot of damage before becoming noticeable. This is why you should have your home inspected for termites by a professional pest control company at least once a year.
What Do You Do if You Detect Termite Damage?
If you suspect that you have termite damage, you should immediately call the experts at Pest Control Solutions, Inc. While there are do-it-yourself treatments available, it is wise to leave the treatment to Pest Control Solutions, Inc. as their treatment will be more effective and will prevent further activity. Do not hesitate. If you suspect that your home has termite activity, contact Pest Control Solutions today!