Treating & Preventing Termites

Termites are typically harmful to anything constructed with wood. If you have a termite infestation, you are going to potentially see a lot of damage to the interior flooring or walls of your home, depending on the scale of the infestation of termites inside your home. Termites are usually known as silent destroyers because of their ability to chew on flooring, wood, and also wallpaper. It is very important for you to spot any warning signs of infestation. By looking for these early signs, you should be able to prevent them from growing rapidly around your home.

Side note: to learn more on how they are able to eat wood, checkout the video below.

How to Recognize Termite Infestation

1. Identify termite swarmers

This is the first step that you must do if you want to find early signs of termites. These swarms have straight antenna that can also droop. You can also find equal wings at the front and back part of their bodies. Swarmers are winged termites that usually invade homes during spring time. Once swarmers decide to stay around your home, they are going to call their termite colony to follow them. Look for any discarded wings around your window sills or doors.

2. Look for wood damage

Termites love eating wood furniture and any other things that are made from wood. They usually eat wood from the inside to the outside. As a result, the wood is going to sound hollow when tapped. Hollow wood can be an early sign of termite infestation. You also need to take a look at the rotting wood, bubbling paint, and also cracked walls. These are some of the most common signs of termite infestation. Once becoming aware of any of these signs, it’s important to seek treatment for the infestation as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

3. Look for mud tubes

This is another easy way for you to check on the termite infestation. Subterranean termites usually build mud tubes, in order to provide moisture for their colony. These termites are also going to use these mud tubes for storing their foods. You will be able to find these mud tubes that are located around your home’s foundation. These tubes can also be found in any other parts around your home, such as gardens, trees, or walls.

How Can You Prevent Termite Infestation?

1. Reduce food sources

Termites love wood. Therefore, you have to reduce food sources for them. Make sure that wooden siding is located at least 6 inches above the ground. Wooden surfaces that come in contact with the ground are most susceptible. Ensuring that your property is tidy will help you easily see if an infestation is happening as well as preventing them from wanting to stop at your place at all.

2. Reduce excess moisture

Termites usually grow rapidly in moist areas. In order to prevent termite infestation, you should reduce excess moisture from your home. Make sure that you fix any leaky plumbing, damaged air conditioner lines, and faulty gutters. These damages should be repaired immediately. Basements usually have the highest levels of moisture inside your home.  It is a good idea for you to use an air dehumidifier, in order to reduce moisture effectively. 

3. Use nematodes to kill termites

Many experts recommend their clients to use this simple tip. Nematodes are roundworms that can kill termites immediately. You can release these roundworms in any affected areas, especially where you can find high termite activity. Steinernema carpocapsae is believed to be one of the best nematodes for removing termites and any other wood borers.

If you want to get rid of termites from your home, you should contact a professional termite control service. Many EcoShield Pest Control locations provide this service. Our service can help you save a lot of time and money, if you need to get rid of any termites inside your home. You can rely on our overall service quality that we provide.