3 Signs You May Have Termites
1. Discarded Wings
2. Mud tubes
3. Wood damage
For most people, your home is your greatest investment. To termites, your house isn’t just a home it’s an all you can eat buffet. Termites can be hard to notice and by the time you do notice them, they’ve probably already done considerable damage. The potential for termite damage in Lubbock, Texas is considerably high. Termites are known as silent destroyers and can go unnoticed for several years. It’s important to get your property checked for termites at least once a year by a professional pest control company In this article, we will outline five signs you can look for to help determine whether or not you have termites in your home.
1. Discarded Wings
Yes, some termites grow wings (for a brief period of time). When a termite nest reaches its capacity that means it’s time to start a new colony and they usually don’t travel far. The young termites grow wings and literally “fly the nest”. They find mates and travel to new locations — sometimes in and around your home. Flying termites or swarmers as they are called are usually the first sign that termites are closing in on your property. You can usually spot them at night and most commonly after it rains. Also, they are attracted to light. The termites find mates to pair with and then find an area suitable for colonizing. Termites only need their wings to find a new location. When they find the ideal location they shed their wings leaving them behind at the entrance to their nest. The wings can be seen in piles. This is a noticeable sign to look out for. If you do see piles of termite wings be sure to contact a pest control service right away.
2. Mud Tubes (Subterranean Termites)
An interesting fact about termites is that they have much softer exoskeletons than other insects. Their skin can dry out and the termites can dehydrate easily. These termites are known as Subterranean Termites. Termites need an ultra humid environment to prosper. They build pinky-sized tube-like structures to sustain a humid environment. These termites find the humidity they need underground. However, they do need to venture out to find food for the rest of the colony. The “worker termites” will leave the nest and build a tunnel system to shelter themselves from the outside elements. They build mud tubes to travel to a food source and back to their nest safely. To check if these mud tubes are active you can break the tube and come back a few days later to see if it’s repaired. If you spot mud tubes in or around your home we highly suggest you contact a pest control service.
Wood damage can actually be one of the hardest ways to spot termites. Termites can burrow into wood easily. They systematically create tunnels throughout the wood. The bigger issue is that this damage is most often hidden behind your wall and can be difficult to spot. There are a few techniques you can use to determine whether or not you have termites. You can knock on the wood in several locations. If the wood sounds hollow, there’s a high probability you have termites. If you see a mazelike pattern on your floor or wall. Sagging or overly squeaking floorboards can be again another sign. Finally, If there are pin-sized holes in your wood or drywall that could also be a sign. We would highly recommend having a pest control service inspect your home for termites if you see any of these signs.
Taking preventative measures by installing termite baiting systems and having annual termite control inspections is the best approach to ensure your home stays protected.
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