Termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage in the United States, but termite pest control will teach you the signs of these pests so you can protect your home from costly and overwhelming damage. Thankfully, termites are easy to see, and they leave behind noticeable damage, but you need to know what to look for. Here are some visible signs that you have a termite problem.
Most people know when they have cockroaches or mice because they are familiar with the look of these pests. Unfortunately, many people do not even realize how termites look.
First and foremost, it is essential not to confuse termites with ants because they do look similar. Termites are about the same size as flying ants, measuring around ?-inch long only.
Most termites that infest homes are swarmers (or flying), termites. These termites are usually red and brown or yellow and tan. Flying ants are either black or reddish brown.
Swarmer termites also have the same size wings while ants usually have wings of different sizes.
It is also important to note that termites are usually hidden deep in the ground or wood structures/surfaces. Therefore, if you see termites, enough are infesting the area that they are?pushed out of their homes/nests. In these situations, treatment should occur immediately.
If you see damage to your home or other structure, do not panic. Professional termite pest control can help eradicate an infestation while preventing future issues from pests. Here are a few signs of structural damage due to termites:
- Holes that look similar to nail holes in wood structures/surfaces
- Tubes of mud/dirt that act as tunnels for the termites to transport food
- Peeling, cracking, or bubbling paint
- Warped or hollowed areas of wood
- Faint imperfections or lines along areas of drywall
- Jammed doors or windows, which may be caused by termites feeding and hollowing out walls and frames of these doors and windows
- Buckling, crumbling wood
If you are inspecting your home for signs of termites, be sure to document this damage so you can notify your pest professional. It is also helpful to inspect and record any damage to structures around your home, such as sheds, carports, separate garages, play structures, patio furniture, and wood outdoor living spaces.
Knowing the signs of termites and termite damage is key to protecting your home. To learn more about termites, contact Safe Pro Pest in Frisco, TX at (972) 435-0700 for professional termite pest control.
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Frisco, Texas 75036