When it comes to termites, early detection and proactive termite control is the best way to protect your home and family. Here at Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination, we believe a well-informed customer is a satisfied customer. That’s why we’ve created this helpful list of some of the most frequently asked questions we get about termite control.
What is the difference between Drywood and Subterranean termites?
There are two common types of termites in our area: Subterranean and Drywood. Subterranean termites live under the topsoil. These invading pests make their homes in mud tubes (which we will cover in just a moment) and thrive as they build an intricate network of tunnels that lead straight to their favorite food resources.
Drywood termites are true to their name and not only live in dry wood – they thrive in it. Drywood termites literally eat themselves out of house and home! Imagine the destruction they could cause to a home if left undetected for years.
What are some signs I can look for to determine if I may have a termite problem?
Typically, the extensive damage from termites happens within the inner walls of your structure. This can make it difficult or nearly impossible to spot signs of termites in the early stages of infestation. Unfortunately, these destructive pests can often go undiagnosed for years. However, there are signs you can look for. These include:
- Mud Tubes – This is one of the first signs of termite trouble. Subterranean termites use mud tubes for shelter. These tubes may look flattened, muddy, and approximately the width of a straw. Look for these to be along baseboards, chimneys, plumbing fixtures, beneath flooring, behind siding, or along cracks around your home.
- Hollow Wood – One of the most common signs of a Drywood termite infestation is the sound of hollow wood. Using the end of a screwdriver, tap along every 3-4 inches of the wood. Damaged areas will sound hollow, and in some extreme cases, the tapping may break the wood’s surface.
- Termites – Swarming Subterranean termites are often drawn to light. Look for them near windows, doors, vents, and light fixtures. Experiencing a swarm is the biggest sign that you may have a termite problem on your property. You should also look for dead termites or evidence of termite wings around heating vents, doors, sinks, tubs, and other areas of your home.
How often should I have a termite inspection for effective termite control?
The frequency in which you may need a termite inspection will depend on several factors. This will include any history of termites and the age and condition of your home. In most cases, termite inspections are recommended every 2-3 years. In some cases with higher risk, yearly inspections may be ideal for the most protection.
What are some of the steps I can take for termite control?
First, contact Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination for a professional termite inspection. This destructive pest represents a significant and silent threat to your home that will need the attention and expertise of a professional. However, there are some steps you can take to add an extra layer of termite control and protection for your home.
- Remove any wood, wood piles, and other debris from the perimeter of your home and other structures.
- Remove moisture and water sources. Termites need damp areas and moisture for survival. Fix any leaks and attend to areas with high moisture for added termite control.
- Watch their food source. Termites thrive on wood. This can include everything from your back deck and wooden privacy fence to the firewood pile and that old tree stump in the back yard. Actively checking on these immovable wood areas around your home is the first step in early detection and termite control.
If you want to learn more about termite control or want to schedule your free estimate, contact Budget Brothers Termite and Pest Elimination today!