Now that it’s termite season, you should be on the lookout for signs of a termite infestation, including discarded wings, swarmers, mud tubes, wood damage, paint blisters or uneven paint, and frass. Frass is drywood termite droppings. It looks like a pile of little pellets. As soon as you see signs, you already have an infestation of termites and you should implement termite control immediately.
Signs of Termites in Home
When you say to yourself, “I have termites in my home,” it’s time to act. Every year, you should look for termite damage, including dead or alive swarmers inside your home or near your outside walls and decks, and mud tubes inside or outside, though they are more commonly found outside or in crawlspaces.
Once you see any signs of termites, your home needs to be professionally treated. Termite colonies take several years to grow enough to produce swarmers. It’s not the swarmers that make new colonies – it’s colony that produced the swarmers, so killing the swarmers does not end your problem.
If you see swarmers around your building, but you know it’s been professionally treated, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have another infestation. Swarmers may be near your home, but may be in stumps, downed trees, woodpiles and other places outside that are close to your home. Thus, you should always keep brush, plant debris and other wood products away from your house.
Other signs of termites include sunken paint, bubbles in the paint, a sagging roof or floor, broken window and door frames, and little piles of “sawdust” near your walls.
How to Get Rid of Termites
While the best way to get rid of termites when you see signs of termite damage is to call a professional, you can also take some steps yourself. Once you see signs of termites:
Clean any wood and plant debris away from the house and outbuildings.
Set up poison bait stations for termites. Make sure you follow the instructions for setting up the bait stations.
Spray a band of liquid poison around the foundation of your home. Be sure to get at least 12 inches up the side of the foundation or house, and at least 12 inches on the ground leading up to the side of the house. This solution may help, but the best way is to dig a trench around the house and put the poison in the trench.
Spray boric acid directly on termite damage. You’ll need to buy a manual duster to spray boric acid.
Dust the termite damage with diatomaceous earth. You apply this with a manual duster as you would with boric acid.
Some of these solutions are on the pricey side and they may not work – they do kill termites, but if your infestation is bad, these chemicals may not be as effective as having a professional look for colonies and spray your home.
Contact H & H Pest Control and Waterproofing
If you see signs of termites, contact H & H Pest Control and Waterproofing to discuss your termite control needs. If you tried to kill the termite colonies on your own and are seeing fresh signs of termites, the colony is still alive and breeding. You may need a professional to come out and spray your home and outbuildings."Topics": ,