Termites are a major concern for many homeowners. They are believed to affect about 600,000 homes each year, and even a small colony can do lots of damage. Researchers have found that a colony of 60,000 termites, small in the grand scheme of colonies, can eat a 2×4 in under six months. They are ravenous eaters, chomping through 2 to 3 times their body weight in wood a day. Because of their ravenous nature, and large colony size you cannot put off termite treatment once you notice problems.
When Should I get Termite Treatment?
Many homeowners find that a good defense is the best way to prevent termite damage. They begin termite treatment before termites are found in their home or on their property. Termite baits may be used to keep termites away. Termite baits look like cylindrical sticks that are placed in the ground. The cylinder is filled with wood pulp and a slow-acting pesticide. The termites feast on the bait, bringing the toxins back to their colony.
If you live in an area that isn’t particularly prone to termite damage, you may want to focus, instead, on yearly inspections of the property. With an annual inspection, an exterminator will check your home for termite damage once a year. Budget Brothers Termite & Pest will look for both internal and external signs of termite infestation or imminent infestation. Baiting or a spraying of the home’s perimeter might be suggested if termites have not yet breached the house, but are located on the property.
If you suspect a termite infestation, you’ll want to call Budget Brothers Termite & Pest immediately to assess the situation. The longer you wait to receive termite treatment the costlier the extermination and subsequent repairs to the structure will be. Termites are simply not a pest that will go away without termite treatment, and the damage they cause can be extensive.
What are the Signs of Termite Infestation?
You will know if you need termite treatment immediately if there are external signs of termite damage or activity. The big problem, for the untrained eye, is that it can be difficult to know if termites are lurking within your home or not. There are, however, a few tell-tale signs that you have termites currently eating your home.
- Swarming: swarming occurs when termites leave one colony to form another. They may create a thick swarm of what look like flying ants. They are most commonly found outside and close to wooden materials, like tree stumps, decks, and fences.
- Discarded wings: termites abandon their wings after the swarming phase as they burrow into the ground or the wood in your home. Finding wings is a good indication of an active termite infestation. If you find wings, you should call for a termite inspection immediately.
- Damaged wood or paint: Termites create tunnels within the wood of your home, eating their way through. If you tap a hammer against the wood and it sounds hollow, there is a good chance termite treatment is in order. Paint that is bubbling, may also be an indicator of termite damage.
- Droppings or mud tubes: Drywood termites produce pellet droppings that look similar to saw dust. The fecal matter may be found near the home or in crawl spaces. If you find it within the home, that is a good indication that the infestation is fairly extensive. While subterranean termites create mud tubes and are a clear sign you need a professional to take a look. If you see mud tubes or pellet droppings in your home, it’s time to call Budget Brothers for an immediate termite inspection.
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Budget Brothers Termite & Pest knows that termite infestation and subsequent termite treatment can be stressful, but the quicker you handle the issue, the less likely you are to incur severe damage to your home. Call us today to schedule an inspection.