Termites are small insects that can cause significant damage to homes and other structures. They feed on a variety of materials, such as wood, fabric, and paper, which causes a lot of damage to these materials. If you suspect that you have termites, below are some signs that you do. You will also find information on treatment options, as well as how to prevent future infestations.
Signs of Termite Infestation
There are several signs that a property may be infested with termites. These signs include:
Termites create mud tubes to travel from their colony to the food source. These tubes can be found on the foundation of the building, near pipes, and other entry points.
Termites feed on wood and can cause significant damage to the structure of the building. Signs of wood damage include hollowed-out wood, sagging floors, and peeling paint.
Termite swarmers have wings and emerge in order to mate. The female will then lay eggs and a new colony will start. If you are seeing termite swarmers on your property, this is a sign you have an infestation.
Termite Extermination Methods
There are several methods that can be used for this problem. The method chosen will depend on the severity of the infestation and the type of termites present.
Chemical treatments involve applying termiticides to the soil around the building or directly to the infested wood. These treatments can be effective in eliminating termites, but they can also be harmful to the environment and require professional application.
Baiting involves placing termite bait stations around the property to attract termites. The bait contains a slow-acting toxic substance that the termites will carry back to the colony, ultimately eliminating the entire colony.
Heat treatment is often used if there is a large infestation. With this treatment the pest control contractor the temperature in the room until it reaches high enough to kill the termites. This treatment is beneficial as no chemicals have to be used.
Fumigation involves sealing the building and filling it with a gas that kills termites. This method is typically used for severe infestations and requires professional application.
Preventing Termite Infestations
Preventing termite infestations is the best way to avoid the need for termite extermination. Property owners can take several steps to prevent termite infestations, including:
- Keeping the property free of wood debris and moisture.
- Ensuring that the foundation of the building is properly sealed.
- Sealing entry points such as cracks and gaps around pipes and cables.
- Regularly inspecting the property for signs of termite activity.
If you suspect a termite infestation, make sure you contact a pest control company such as TORCO™ Termite and Pest Control Company.Share