As the weather starts to warm up, termites are ready to hit the ground running. And while they rarely emerge from the actual ground, that doesn't mean that you can't be on the look-out for their calling cards. These tiny pests eat all cellulose-based plants, and there are no homes immune from their wrath. Termites may appreciate wooden structures the most but that doesn't mean they can't thrive in all construction types. Their insidious nature is such that they can remain invisible until they start causing serious damage to your property. You don't want to take a chance with termites because the costs of ignoring them will always be higher than the costs of a preventative termite inspection or proactive treatment.
What Do Termites Look Like
Your first goal is to distinguish one type of insect from another as it's rather easy to mix them up. For example, you might run across an ant swarm and mistake them for termites. It's hard to see when there are so many of them, but ants have larger wings compared to their bodies and bent antenna. A termite's antenna will be straight and its wings will be roughly the same size as its body. There are also different types of termites, such as winged, black flying termites and creamy colored worker termites. Instead of waiting for a swarm to pop up somewhere, you may want to look probe any exposed wood for hollow spots so you're not caught unawares. You can also search for less obvious signs of an infestation. For instance, swarmers will leave their wings on the ground, by your doors, or near your windows.
If you've found any winged termites in house, it's pretty much guaranteed that you have an infestation somewhere. (If you've found them in an old woodpile that's several yards away from the home or in a tree stump in the very back of the yard, you don't necessarily have to worry.) There are several things that you can do as a homeowner in terms of DIY termite control, including the use of standard sprays and baits. However, DIY treatment is generally not recommended if you want to be fully rid of your termite problem. Without industrial equipment and years of experience behind you, it's common to miss key areas that eventually lead you back to the same trouble. A professional will be able to spot the signs you miss and provide preventative treatment to your home, so you can rest easy your home will stay intact.
Contact H&H Pest Control and Waterproofing
If you're wondering how to get rid of termites, you've come to the right place. H&H Pest Control and Waterproofing has built our reputation from just a few customers to five counties in North Carolina. We start with a comprehensive inspection, looking for all termites signs in every corner of your property. We'll open up their mud tunnels (or the passageways they use to protect themselves from the elements) to determine the routes they're taking. We probe every potential hiding spot to make sure we're properly treating the structure and soil for termite control. To avoid grief this season, call us today to protect your family and property."Topics": ,