Termites are rarely seen, but when they are, other pests are frequently mistaken for them. Termites have wings when they initially appear, and they swarm in the spring and early summer months. Later, they’ll decide which house to invade, get rid of their wings, and enter. To be sure, you can look for wings on the interior windowsills of your home if you discover yellowish-looking bugs there that you haven’t seen before. This is a surefire indication that they have gained access to your house. Even better, you can connect with Stride Pest Control as well!
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How can I tell if I’m having issues?
Termite damage is frequently difficult to identify. Some people refer to them as quiet intruders. Before presenting any symptoms, the colony might have even been in your house for months or even decades.
Because the harm takes place in places you rarely or never visit, it is initially invisible. They like to use fireplaces, expansion joints, and gaps in concrete slabs to gain access to the property, undeterred.
Termites that live underground can be readily disturbed. They will flee to another part of the building and start eating in secrecy if they sense danger. DO NOT disturb these bugs if you believe they have moved into your house because they are ravenous.
Common termite infestation warning indicators include:
- Clumps of tiny pellet-looking dust followed by little holes in the molding, woodwork, doors, and walls. These are termite frass, popularly known as termite droppings.
- Fold wings on windowsills. The presence of termites, as well as their desire to establish new colonies, are determined by this indicator.
- What appears to be a flying ant indoors is probably a female termite that is reproductive. If you know how to search for them, there are clear differences. If you discover one of them inside, call the pest control team right away.
- Walls with mud tubes attached. These are highways made by termites. They are essential for termite existence because they must maintain their fluid levels. On the outside of buildings, the mud tubes shield termites from the sun and other predators.
- Walls that sound hollow or are sagging. A thin exterior covering and the mud that termites used to fill the tunnels are frequently the only things keeping them from falling over.
- Paint that is blistering suggests dampness, and termites adore moisture.
The first step in protecting your property and your work from the expensive damages that termite invasions leave behind is being aware of the problem as a homeowner. While there are crucial precautions you can take to reduce your risk for termites, like storing wood piles far from your home and preventing soil from creeping up over the foundation of your house, this may not be sufficient. It is hence advisable to get in touch with professionals right away.