Each and every year, termites cause millions of dollars worth of structural damage to commercial and residential property. But how do you know if you have a termite infestation? The sooner you notice that your property is infested, the quicker and cheaper the problem will be to sort out. Knowing what to look for is essential. Once you’ve spotted the warning signs, it’s time to call in a professional. Otherwise, what was once your perfect family home can become a nightmare. Here’s what to look for, and what to do if you think you might have a termite infestation.
Holes in Your Wooden Fixtures
Termites are xylophages – which is just the scientific way of saying ‘they eat wood’. This is why they are attracted to the wood on your property. One of the first signs of impending termite infestation is often a number of small holes ‘drilled’ into the wood around your property. The holes will be around the same size of the hole a thumbtack pushed into the wood might make. It’s a good idea to regularly inspect your wooden fixtures to check for these, as they’re small and easy to miss. Once they get beyond making small pin holes, a termite infestation can lead to visible cracks and larger boreholes in the wood. You may notice a fissure which develops quickly and without warning. Fissures aren’t always caused by termites – moisture and other damage could cause these. But it’s always worth getting these checked out by an expert just for your own peace of mind.
Mud Tubes Start Appearing
Termites make mud tubes to help them get around without exposure to the dangers outside. You might spot these inside or outside the house. They may be running up external or internal walls, the floor, or even parts of the ceiling. These tunnels help the termites to carry food around their network to where it’s needed, without being attacked by predators. If these start cropping up, you almost definitely have termites. Knocking them down by hand (or foot) won’t get you very far. Once the bugs have reached the point that they need mud tubes to get around, this means they’ve established a concentrated presence on your property. It’ll only be a matter of time before they start gnawing away at vital wooden structural elements. This can cause a huge amount of damage, in a very short space of time if the infestation is large enough. Remember – they can literally destroy your house by eating through its foundations and supporting beams.
Is That Sawdust on the Floor?
Many people are baffled when they see sawdust appearing around their home or workplace. There’s been no visiting handyman, so what’s going on? Well, that sawdust might actually be termite droppings. But they’re a similar size and color to pockets of sawdust. Take a closer look to see if you can spot any of the small holes we’ve just mentioned around this area. Other telltale signs of termite infestation include termite wings scattered around the place. Doors may also become harder to open than they used to be, thanks to a termite colony. The last of these points probably sounds odd, so let’s explain. As termites eat wood, they secrete moisture. Moisture will cause wood to twist and warp, meaning that a door may no longer fit in its frame so well.
Don’t Try to Remove Termites Yourself
Termites are frustrating, but in a sense, they’re also impressive little creatures. They’ve been around since the time of the dinosaurs, meaning that they are fantastic at surviving. While that’s a fascinating fact, it also means that they’re not going anywhere far from your property without some pretty specialist intervention. That’s where we come in.
Termite Infestation = Professional Extermination
There are a couple of ways in which termites can be dealt with. We like the Sentricon (R) System, which can deal with an entire underground colony in one go. It’s a scientifically proven method of attack, which baits the bugs and eliminates them at their source. There’s also the tried and tested tent fumigation service, for when dry-wood termites have invaded your home. The cost-effective tenting approach is highly effective. In some homes, it’s even possible to use a ‘tape and seal’ fumigation method, where doors and windows are sealed tight. This avoids the need to put up an unsightly tent over your home or business. The best way to avoid needing either of these solutions to solve a serious problem, later on, is to do your own routine checking. But many homeowners don’t know exactly where to look or aren’t quite sure what they’re looking for. That’s where a professional inspection service comes in handy. We’ll check all the spots we know termites like to hide and recommend a quick course of action for their elimination once spotted.
Reynolds Pest Control Tackles Termites
Reynolds Pest Control has taken on termite infestation cases regularly over the past 25 years. We’re experts at removing these pests and have prevented thousands of termite-related situations from getting out of hand. We’ll also offer useful advice on how to prevent further issues with termites on your property as part of our service. It’s important you get in touch with us as soon as you suspect your property is home to termites. The amount of damage that they cause increases at a fast rate. Left untreated, you’ll be looking not only at an extermination bill but at the cost of serious and extensive repairs to your home. Call us toll-free at (844) 326-3100 or request your free estimate today using our simple online form. We’ll only ever charge as much as your initial quote for the agreed work – there are no hidden fees!