If you are worried that termites have invaded your home or place of business, you are likely searching for ways to know for certain. While termites can cause a range of problems and cost you thousands of dollars in repair, you can learn to spot a termite infestation before the pests have the chance to cause too much damage.
Checking for and detecting termites before they become too widespread will save you a lot of money, time and energy. Learning about the red flags that indicate you have termites empowers you to stop the invaders in their tracks.
Mud Shelter Tubes
The most common termite in our area, Subterranean termites prefer to spend most of their time in wood and under the ground, but will move above ground when they swarm—looking for a mate to start a new colony. They don’t like working without protection, so they create shelter tubes with mud when they crawl on your walls and floors. If you think termites have targeted your home or place of business, using a flashlight,search the walls and floors of your basement. Small tubes made of mud are a red flag that you can’t afford to overlook if you don’t want termites to take over your property.
Wings Near Windows and Doors
Although most people know that termites tunnel through the ground when they want to find a new home to invade, not everyone knows that termite swarmers can fly. Once they have entered your property, they will often discard their wings near window seals and doors, as they are attracted to light. If you spot discarded wings, you will want a professional pest management company to check for other signs of termite activity so that they can identify the threat in the early stages.
Sagging Floors and Walls
When a termite infestation progresses, you will notice the damage in and around your property. An untreated termite infestation can cause your wooden floors and walls to sag, but you might not notice unless you are looking for it. Responding as soon as you uncover the damage is vital if you don’t want the problem to get any worse than it already is. Termites can reproduce quickly and won’t waste time when they have the opportunity to consume the wooden parts of your home.
Although you can learn to spot the signs of a termite infestation with a little research, you can never compete with the eye of a trained professional. Reading a few guides can help but won’t always be enough when you want to enjoy the best results. If you can’t afford to take chances, reach out to Bug Out right away.
When you speak with our team and request our help, we will send an expert to your home to search for and identify any termites that have been bothering you. You can grab your phone and give us a call as soon as you are ready, and we are excited to serve you.