One of the scariest things a homeowner deals with is termites, especially in older homes made of wood. It’s not pleasant to think that these bugs are literally eating the house out from under you. Before you start packing your bags, there are four simple steps you can take to tell if you have termites or not.
- There are holes in the wood. Termites love to eat wood, which is why older homes without the proper wood protection are so susceptible to these bugs. Termites will bore their way through wood and come out of the other side. All you will notice is little holes, roughly the size of a pin head. If there are multiple tiny holes in a particular area or room of the house, that may signify a termite problem.
- You find termite droppings. This one is trickier to determine because termite droppings do not look like feces. Instead, it looks like little sand pellets or birdseed. If you see what might look like wood shavings, especially under a window sill or near door thresholds, it’s a sign of a termite infestation and it’s a good idea to get it checked.
- Small tunnels or tubes along the walls. When termites make their nests, they will often form a tunnel or a tube along the wall nearby. It will look like a small line of dirt or sand along the wall, with a distinct branching off pattern. Good places to check are near electrical outlets, plumbing, and windows. Basically, any place which leads to the outside.
- You see wings. Termites have a nasty habit of leaving part of themselves behind when they infest a home. One thing they almost always leave is their wings or at least one of them. They are very small, so it might be difficult to tell them apart from leaves, but they will have a specific look. Termite wings are typically see-through, with a brownish or gray color. Also, there are light veins running throughout them, making them slightly easier to spot.
If you think you have termites, or if you spot any one of these signs, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can answer all of your questions and do a termite inspection to help put your mind at ease.
Termites can turn dream homes into nightmares. These invasive insects make their meals out of structures and cost home and business owners time, money, and stress. Here, we go over some facts about these little terrors.
How Long Do Termites Live?
The lifespan of a worker or soldier termite is about one to two years. That may seem like a long time for an insect; however, it’s short when compared to the queen’s life. Queen termites, tucked away in a safe, comfortable home, can live over ten years.
How Many Varieties of Termites Exist?
There are nearly 3,000 different species of termites throughout the world. They are categorized into three groups: dry wood, damp wood, and subterranean. In Texas, dry wood and subterranean termites are common.
What Types of Environment Do They Thrive In?
As their name suggests, dry wood termites live in dry wood. They don’t need soil contact and they don’t require much moisture.
Subterranean termites live underground and in large colonies. They create tunnels to their food source and are responsible for the majority of termite damage in homes.
Like dry wood termites, damp wood doesn’t need soil contact. However, they do love moist wood. They thrive in coastal areas. These termites typically aren’t found in homes and buildings.
How Much Damage Do Termites Cause?
The amount of money home and business owners spend on termite damage and control each year in the United States is staggering. According to the National Pest Management Association, Americans spend over $5 billion annually. What makes this worse is that most insurance policies don’t cover termite damage.
Termites can wreak havoc in your home, business, and life. They infest and eat away at structures, often for a long while before discovered. Regular inspections and treatments are imperative.
If you would like more information about termites or would like to schedule a professional visit, please contact us.