One type of pest that homeowners really fear is the termite. Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year. They primarily feed on wood, but also like paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners. Termites can enter your home through the tiniest cracks.
Spring is when winged termites, known as “swarmers,” may emerge inside homes. People often confuse winged termites with ants, which often swarm at the same time of year.
Signs of infestation include mud tubes extending over foundation walls, support piers, floor joists, etc. These mud tubes are typically about the diameter of a pencil, but sometimes thicker.
Wood damaged by termites is typically hollowed out and shows bits of dried mud or soil. Wood damaged by moisture or other types of insects will not look this way.
There are a few things you can do to prevent termites from invading:
- Make sure your rain gutters are clear of any debris.
- Minimize mulch in planters.
- Seal windows, doorframes, and cracks in the exterior of the home.
Another option is to contact a pest management company. They will be able to provide additional options to keep your home pest free.
Pests have no place in your home! Be informed and aware!