There are some pest infestations that are virtually impossible to miss. Bed bugs, rodents, and a high concentration of mosquitos will all have you calling your local pest control company almost as soon as you notice them. Others are more difficult to spot and may go unnoticed for significant periods of time.
Unfortunately, termites often fall into the latter category.
Although termites range from just .25 to .5 inches in length when fully grown, they cause approximately $5 billion dollars worth of damage each year. In this post, we’re going to discuss four important things you should know about this pest, including the most effective strategy you can use to keep them out. Contact Anchor Pest Services to learn more about termite control, as well as the rest of our pest control services!
Discarded Wings Are an Early Warning Sign
Reproductive termites have wings and bear a resemblance to winged carpenter ants, but are smaller in size, have wings that are equal in size, and have longer bodies. Winged termites are a sign that a colony is nearby and its inhabitants are looking for a new location. They shed their wings and start the colony once they’ve found a suitable nesting ground, meaning that discarded wings are an early warning sign of an infestation. If you find them near vents, baseboards, or windows, it’s worth contacting a pest control company to take a look.
The Signs of an Infestation Are Subtle
We mentioned that termite infestations are difficult to spot. One of the reasons that homeowners miss infestations is that they simply don’t know what to look for. Some of the most common signs of termites include:
- A hollow sound when tapping on walls and other wooden surfaces
- Small piles of termite droppings, which look like sawdust or coffee grounds at first glance
- Warped floorboards
- Bubbling paint and peeling drywall
- Small mud tubes leading to your property
If you notice these signs (or anything else abnormal!), contact a professional instead of assuming the problem will work itself out on its own.
DIY Treatments May Not Work
If you suspect or have confirmed that you have termites on your property, it’s important to know that DIY treatments may not be the most effective form of treatment. It’s often difficult for the average person to tell just how extensive the infestation is, which means that you may lose valuable time trying to treat the problem on your own and waiting to see if you were successful.
It’s also important to understand the extent of the damage that has occurred. The average homeowner may not be able to gauge just how much structural damage has occurred, which is extremely important to know both now and in the future. If you choose to sell your home, for instance, extensive damage is one of the last things you want an inspector to discover.
Prevention Is the Best Treatment
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is an old cliche, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t rooted in truth. Your home is one of the largest investments you’ll make in your lifetime, and when it comes to termite damage, it’s often much more cost-effective to invest in preventative services. Think about it — would you rather invest in preventative pest control that keeps your property safe now, or pay for termite treatment and risk paying thousands of dollars in repairs later?
At Anchor Pest Services, we’ve talked with countless homeowners who wish that they had invested in termite control sooner. We offer comprehensive, all-season pest control services with the option to add termite control for an affordable price.
If you aren’t already protecting your home with our services, make a change this spring and contact our team to get started!