If you suspect that you have termites, you should call a pest control company to have them inspect your property. Termites are present in almost every State (Alaska is the only state that is termite free, thanks to their climate), and if an infestation is left unchecked they can cause serious damage to your building. A pest control company like The Pest Company will inspect your property and tell you for sure whether or not you have an infestation. Here’s a quick overview of what inspectors are looking for when they visit your home.
Termites spread from property to property in swarms. If you see a couple of termites in your home, this is evidence that there is a nest nearby, and you are at-risk of infestation. Termites look a lot like winged ants, but they have straight antennae and wider waists than ants. If you see some flying around your home, close your windows and doors and call an exterminator.
Look in your attic and in your crawl space to see if you have any mud-tubes. These tubes are, for want of a better term, overground tunnels. Termites need to stay in enclosed spaces to avoid dehydration, so if they are forced overground for a while they build their own tunnels to protect themselves. If you spot a mud tube, remove a portion of it from the middle, but leave the ends as they are. If the damage you cause is repaired after a couple of days, this is a sign that the mud tube was made recently and you still have termites in your home.
Wood damage is the clearest sign of termite infestation. In most cases, termites eat wood from the inside out, so you won’t see the damage until it is too late. If you can see clear signs of damage to your property this means that you have a serious termite issue and you need to resolve the problem promptly and then repair your home before it becomes structurally unsound.