5 Signs You Could have a Termite Infestation

One of the most destructive pests out there, termites have a nasty habit of coming into our homes and not making themselves known until it’s too late. Fortunately, there are some signs you can look at for that may help you determine if you have a termite infestation. This is especially important as the sooner your deal with termites, the better.

1. Groups of Discarded Wings

When termite season begins, swarms of termites take to the skies in search of places to build their colonies. Once they’ve found a suitable location, they will settle in and begin building – leaving behind their wings in the process. When inspecting your property, keep an eye out for the discarded wings of termites, this is a telltale sign that there may already be a colony nearby.

2. Mud Tubes on Walls or Structures

When subterranean termites build their colonies, they create mud tubes (or shelter tubes) as they move from the ground into structures and homes. Their mud tubes can appear in corners and joints between surfaces and allow the termites to travel throughout their growing colonies. If you notice abnormal buildups or mud/dirt in strange places, it may be a sign that termites have made their way into your home.

2. Bubbling or Cracked Paint

When inspecting the inside of the home, take a look at your drywall and along baseboards in the house. Should you notice any bubbling or flaking of paint, or “honeycombing” on baseboards, this may be a sign of a termite problem. Internal damage to drywall and ceilings can often resemble minor water damage and can often go unnoticed

3. Termite Droppings

Termites produce a large number of droppings, referred to as frass when they are eating through wood inside of a home. These droppings accumulate in various areas and look like wood-colored pellets, and may resemble a pile of tiny bird seed at first glance.

4. Damaged or Hollow-Sounding Wood

While the wooden structure in the home may appear to be in good condition visually, on the opposite side, there may be damage hiding. As termites prefer to be in dark, damp places, they very rarely let their work be visible inside of your home. Just tapping on surfaces and listening for a hollow sound can be a good indicator that termite damage may be present. Wood and surfaces without damage should produce a solid sound, wood that has termite damage may provide a more hollow sound depending on the extent of the damage.

These are all DIY methods that are good, but not perfect. To truly know if you have a termite infestation – and adequately deal with it – you should call the pros. If you think you have a problem, or would just like to schedule our free inspection to ease your mind, call us today!

How To Get Rid Of Termites

There are many methods for ridding your home of termites, but what is your best option? Choosing an effective natural or chemical treatment can help kill a present infestation and prevent future ones from forming.

Remove Their Food Source
Before treating your infestation, make sure to remove any possible food sources that termites may overrun. This includes outdoor wood piles, old tree stumps, and even paper debris. Give the colony as few places to live and spread as possible to make your treatment the most successful.

Natural Methods
One of your easiest natural methods of getting rid of termites is to lure them into a trap. Simply stack flattened cardboard boxes where you see signs of infestation, and after a few days, you can inspect your boxes for successful trapping. Soak the boxes with insecticide or safely burn them. Note that this will not kill the king or queen.

Saturating infested wood with orange oil can also be an effective method of natural termite extermination. Apply the oil to surfaces where signs of infestation have been found. The oil will kill termites on contact as well as leave a pleasant scent in your home.

Product Treatments
Two easily obtainable product treatments for killing termites are termite baits and liquid solutions for soil application. These methods target outdoor infestations and help to protect the perimeter of your home from future attacks. Place baits underground or overactive mud tubes to poison termites and kill the colony. Apply liquid pesticides to the soil which will kill termites on contact.

These treatments can be slow, but they are effective.

Should You Treat the Issue Yourself?
While there are many methods of removing termites from your home, you must be absolutely sure that you are keeping your pets and family safe throughout the process. For safe, efficient, and professional termite control, or for a Free Estimate, contact us today!

5 Reasons Why You Need A Termite Inspection

No homeowner wants termites. However, most homeowners also don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to get the proper treatment or consultations. First off, you don’t have to shell out loads of cash just for high-quality service. Secondly, purchasing a system or plan now may save you even more money in the future. Termites are one of the most expensive pests when it comes to the damage caused to homes. Averaging out to thousands of dollars in damages, termites can become a serious problem if ignored for too long. Here are the five most significant benefits of a termite inspection!

1. It’s Efficient

It’s tough for a regular person to accurately identify a termite infestation. Not so much identifying, but locating and locating ALL of the different places that they may be. You just don’t have the tools. Now, what’s even harder for regular people is the next step: getting rid of them. Professionals have the knowledge, experience, and tools to locate and eliminate termites efficiently.

2. Prevent them from Getting Into Anything

The best way to catch termites early is to make sure you never see one. By inspecting your home, we will (hopefully) not find any problems. This will let us put in place everything needed to keep termites out and away from your home!

3. It’s Safer than Doing It Yourself

There are DIY methods and sprays available to people when it comes to termites. A lot of these are not only inefficient but also unsafe. Normally, pesticides or other chemicals are involved with termite removal. By hiring a professional, you ensure that the termites are eliminated in the safest way possible.

4. You Can Catch Them Early

The longer you have termites, the more damage they can cause. This is why it’s essential to identify and eliminate them early. They can cause severe damage to the structural foundation of a home, so it’s crucial to spot them early.

5. You’ll Save Time & Money

You see a cockroach, or maybe you see a few spiders or termites – most people’s response is to either ignore it or deal with it on their own. When it comes to termites, trust us, you cannot handle them alone. Sure, you may not want to hire a company to help out. As southerners, we’re stubborn like that. However, what you won’t want to do even more is hire someone to fix your house because termites virtually destroyed it.

Catching termites early is the key to saving a lot of money and time. Don’t try and handle these pests by yourself. Let the professionals deal with it, efficiently and safely solving the problem. If you’ve seen termites recently, or think you may have an infestation, call us today!

What? What?

The total weight of all of the termites in the world is greater than the weight of all the humans in the world.

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Question & Answer

What pest can burrow straight into the ground?

ANSWER: Rats! Rats are clever pests that are capable of digging three feet straight into the ground. They have also been known to chew through building materials such as glass, cinder block, wire, aluminum and lead and climb inside pipes with diameters between one-half and four inches.

Source: http://www.pestworld.org/

Did You Know…..

About 400 people in the U.S. contract typhoid, a fly-borne illness each year. 75% of these cases are associated with international travel.

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Prevention Tips

Check out these tips for preventing household pests, pest infestations and the potentially dangerous health and property threats they pose. Find out how to prevent bugs and rodents from entering your home, how to avoid outdoor insects like mosquitoes and bees and how to protect your family and property from disease and property damage.

Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
Repair fascia and soffits and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.

Source: http://www.pestworld.org/exterminators/prevention-tips