Termites are regularly called the “silent destroyer” since they might be quietly hiding and flourishing in your home or yard with no real indications of harm. All termites devour cellulose-based plant materials (wood). Regrettably, all homes, regardless of their construction materials, can provide forms of cellulose sustenance to termite infestation.
Termites are detritivores, or dead wood feeders which means they feast upon dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living trees. A termite’s mouth is designed for tearing bits of woody material. This capacity is the thing that causes to all types of buildings and houses: while termite laborers are really small and just measure around 1 cm to a couple of millimeters long, they can do great damage to your property. House and building foundations, furniture, cabinets, and even books are possible food sources for termites.
Underground termite homes are generally formed with soil. Inside these mounds, termites construct elaborate passage frameworks and mud burrows through which they use to access above the ground nourishment sources. Drywood termites live inside the wood they eat and can often be found in walls and furniture.
At the point when a colony has developed, the winged, swarming termites can be seen around doors, weep holes, and windows. Winged termites are attracted to light sources and are most active in springtime and early summer. After mating, the termites find another reproducing site and form a new colony, spreading many new infestations all around the area of the original drywood termite infestation.
How can you protect your home from termites?
Since termites are always a threat to your home, here are a few things you can do during the year to maximize our termite treatment plan for your property. Minor steps can have a major effect in termite treatment and prevention. You can:
- Reduce or eliminate dampness conditions
- Reduce or eliminate termite food sources around your home.
These two minor steps can make your home a less likely target for them.
Eliminate Dampness and Moisture Issues
- Repair leaking plumbing fixtures, water pipes, and HVAC units
- Divert water from collecting around or below foundation
- Keep gutters, drains, and downspouts clean and free from standing water or debris
- Remove excess wood mulch
- Eliminate standing water on rooftop
- Keep all vents clear and open
- Seal around water and utility lines or pipes where they enter the premises
Eliminate Termite Food Sources
- Keep kindling, firewood, lumber, or paper away from foundations and fences
- Dispose of stumps, wood piles, and wood debris near your house
- Place screens on outside vents
- Protect decks and fences
- Keep soil from contacting any wood surfaces
Termite Damage Warning Signs
- A swarm of “winged ants” in or around your home
- Any cracked or bulging paint or termite droppings
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
- Mud tubes on outside walls or foundation supports or in crawl spaces
- Discarded wings from the swarmers