If you found out that you had termites in your home, chances are good that you would be surprised. And why not? Most people would be simply because and not they don’t know what to look for. The following is a list of five things you can look for to determine whether it’s time to call a pest control expert.
Just like people, it takes two to reproduce a termite, and when it’s termite reproduction time, you will know it. Termites usually reproduce by gathering in swarms. They will usually go into basements where it’s cool during the early part of summer, but once they do you will notice little piles of wings when a colony has started.
Evidence of Recent Activity
Evidence of recent termite activity usually doesn’t make itself known unless you are really looking for it or, in most cases, a pre-sale inspection turns up that evidence. Either way, the first thing you should determine is whether they colony is active or has moved on. Either way, regardless of how you find them, you need to do something and soon.
Hollowed Out Wood
Hollowed out wood is the usual evidence of termite activity. If you do find hollowed out wood, don’t ignore it. Check it out.
Contrary to popular belief, termites dwell as much in mud as they do in wood. Mud tunnels, which are often misidentified as ant hills, are actually termites. Unfortunately, it often requires a professional to tell the difference. Call one to check it out.
Just like people, termites love a new place to live. For this reason they will quickly find new construction for a new supply of wood to dig into. If you find termite infested wood in your new project, you should call a pest control professional to determine if you have a problem, and if so, what to do about it.
Some initiative early on will save you money and time down the road.