Termites cost homeowners in United States more than $5 billion in damage to property each year. These are the quiet destroyers due to their ability to gnaw through flooring, wood and wallpaper. Termite damage can go without detection for years, creating damage that has no insurance coverage for homeowners.
When the ground starts to get warm across the United States, the termite population begins to emerge, searching for new structural foundations to invade. These swarmers tend to search for welcoming homes with foundations that have sustained winter damage. Once these swarmers have established that a home is a suitable fit, it is to be expected that the termite colony will approach soon after. This will result in an advanced termite infestation.
It is important that homeowners become more familiar with termites, especially those common in their area. With adequate knowledge about termite habits, homeowners can then be more equipped to become aware of the cautioning signs of pest infestation. In so doing, the homeowner will be able to know when to contact a pest control company for help in getting rid of termite problems.
Below is a helpful guide to learning how and when to spot termites that have invaded your home and identify which species it is. The flying ant resembles a termite so you may get confused about this. However, a professional pest control company would know right away.
There are a lot of homeowners that mistake flying ants for termite swarmers. You don’t want to allow this to happen to you because in the end, it will cost you, especially if the termite colony is in pursuit behind the swarmers. A termite with wings tends to have an antenna and waist that is straight. Their wings have equal size. Contrarily, flying ants have pinched waist shown in the middle of their body. Their antennas are bent and they have two sets of wings, one larger than the other.
Subterranean termites can be found in all states in the United States except for Alaska. They are an eighth of an inch in length and can be white, black or dark brown in color. You will find them in areas that are secluded and moist. Their colonies can consist of up to 2 million termites. To protect themselves from the environment, they will build and bury themselves in mud tubes. These are the most destructive termites in the United States.
It is recommended that you pay attention if you notice any termite droppings, which may be the same color as the wood, but probably lighter. If you see a small pile of sawdust in or outside of your home, then that could be a warning sign that you have termite infestation. Look for cracked paint and if you tap on wood and it sounds hollow, you could be looking at termite problem.
Termite infestations can cause severe structural damage and cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. Therefore, it is important to have a licensed pest control company do a termite inspection on your home from one to three years. This is a preventative way to handle pest problems.