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OCTOBER 18 2021 /

Taking On Termites

Finding out that your home or business has termites is one of the most unexpected and unwelcome pieces of news that you can receive from a pest management professional. Termites can cost U.S property owners over 5 billion dollars in damage each year and affect around 600,000 homes. Termite activity can be impacting your home or business whether you know about it or not.

Here are some warning signs indicating that you may have termite activity at your home or business.

Subterranean termite colonies are most active in the summertime, building up their colonies and consuming a large amount of wood, cellulose-based plant materials, and dead or decomposing organic matter. As they build their colony and make their way to your home you can see what are called mud tubes, which can be seen on both the inside or outside of the home. These tubes connect the termites from underground up to any wood in the home if it isn't accessible from ground level. 

When looking to identify termites themselves, there are some key features that separate them from flying ants. Termites have straight waists and antennae, while flying ants have pinched waists and bent antennae. Termites wings are also the same length, and ants wings are different lengths.

You should also take a walk around your home and check the wood for any small holes or sawdust-like substances. The sawdust-like matter is a form of termite excrement called frass. You should also knock on the walls of your home that shouldn't be hollow to see if they make a hollow noise, and look for any cracked paint around doors, window frames, walls, and baseboards; which are areas well liked by termites.

There are many ways to treat termites, and all are best administered by pest management professionals.  Contact us today to make sure your home is protected 24/7 with our Always Active Termite Mitigation System