Termites – it’s a word most homeowners don’t like to hear, ever. What else could bring feelings of terror, anguish, and uncertainty? Probably nothing in the realm of tiny little bugs eating away at the foundation of your life long investment. Termites are extremely prevalent in Florida.
Termites are hard to spot! They’re naturally sneaky, finding this billion dollar pest problem is NOT easy. It takes years of experience to accurately determine the scope of a termite infestation. Experience also helps in determining the type of termites currently invading your home. Are there subterranean termites or termite swarms? Learn more about termite control…
Subterranean termites leave one particularly distinguishable piece of evidence, their ground tubes are not obvious at first, but they stick out once you learn where to look. Coming from the ground up, these termite tubes make it easy for the termite colony to transport their soldiers. One of the most common signs of an infestation of subterranean termites is the presence of ground tubes. Essentially, these are tunnels that run from the soil up the foundation of your home and attach to exposed wood, or run under your siding. Subterranean termites use these tubes to get from their earth-based homes into your house without exposing themselves to the outside world. If you notice ground tubes, contact a professional termite control provider immediately.
Termites have wings for only a small portion of their lives – when Termites swarm to find a new nest. Once they form the new nest, they shed their wings. This is one of the most visible signs of their presence on your property. If you notice piles of discarded wings around your home, you have termites in the area, and chances are good that if the piles are close to your house, they’ve infiltrated your home.
“Frass” is really nothing more than termite excrement, or Termite Fecal Matter. As disgusting as that sounds, these wood-colored pellets are another good sign that you have termites – drywood termites in this instance. Look for piles of frass inside and outside your home and mark those spots. Frass piles are always located near the entrance to a termite nest.
The Tap Check
Termites hollow out wood. That’s a bad thing for your home, but it gives you another way to determine if you’ve been infested. Check beams by tapping them. If they sound hollow, chances are good that you have a termite infestation that will need professional termite control to eradicate.
Perhaps the most visible sign of termites is catching them during a swarming period. This is when they have outgrown their original home and are now looking for somewhere else to live – usually your home. Look for swarming termites (termites have soft bodies and two pairs of equal length wings) around the home and if you spot them, it’s vital that you contact a professional immediately.
Get the Help You Need
Whether you’ve noticed piles of Termite frass, Termite hollow wood from or seen piles of discarded Termite Wings against the side of your home, it’s important that you get professional help. Termite control requires specialized tools and techniques, and doing it on your own is not the right path to take. If you want to ensure that your home is protected and safe, contact Bug Bouncers immediately for a professional inspection and evaluation of your home. We’re here to help.