Termites are destructive insects. They cost U.S. property owners over $5 billion annually. How much of that amount are you going to pay? It's up to you. There are ways to prevent termite damage. You can begin by learning how to detect a termite problem. Termites aren't going to total your home in one night. It takes several years. If you catch them early, you can arrest termite activity and prevent serious damage from occurring. You can also prevent damage by learning what attracts termites to your yard. Join us as we look at tips that will help you detect these sneaky insects and remove attractants that can increase your chances of termites damaging your Lawrenceville home.
Signs Of Termite Activity To Watch For Around Your Home
Many Lawrenceville homeowners have a termite bond with routine inspections from a licensed technician; if you have one, great! If you have an out-of-date bond or one that came with your home, we can help you transfer that bond to ProCare Pest Services to continue having professional termite inspections. If you're not ready to take this step, we don't want you to be unprotected. Let's look at ways to detect active termites on your property and in your home.
Swarms: When you see a termite swarm in your house, you know you're in trouble. But, long before you see an indoor swarm, you may see swarmers on the exterior of your home or an individual swarmer in your yard. It is best to find only one. A swarm of termites is a warning sign of a current infestation on your property. Winged termites stay together near the nest during the mating process. When they separate, they may spread out a little. One little swarmer could be a warning sign that a nest is about to be created in your yard. A termite swarmer is a black insect with white wings. It is only about 3/8 of an inch long so it is easy to miss. Look for the distinctively rounded tips of the wings. You'll also notice that the wings hang past the tip of the abdomen. Keep watch for this warning sign.
Workers: Another warning sign to keep a constant watch for is worker termites in your yard. When you pick up dead branches, you may glimpse worker termites. A worker termite is pale and looks like a fat ant. At 1/8 of an inch in length, it also is easy to miss. You won't have much time to look at it either. Worker termites hide in wood or soil quickly.
Clicking Noises: While rare, termites can alert you to their presence by making clicking noises. Some refer to this as a rustling noise. When a threat enters their tunnels, such as an ant invasion, the termite soldiers bang their heads on tunnel walls to warn the workers. The noise is usually faint, but you might notice it if you have a large termite infestation.
Termite Damage: Termites create extensive tunnels in wood. You're not going to see these tunnels unless you're remodeling your home. You need to look for surface changes to wood, such as honeycomb dents or paint bulging. If you look for damage, you may find trenches in wood that touch the soil outside. These are exposed tunnels, and this exposure only happens in dark, damp locations.
Shelter Tubes: As you look for signs of termites in your yard, you should place this one on the top of your list. Subterranean termites are the sneakiest and most destructive of all termites, but they can create this obvious warning sign for you to find. Look for shelter tubes on hard surfaces above the soil and in humid spaces within your home. Shelter tubes look like wiggly mud lines. When several tubes are in one place, they can begin to look like a column.
We can't emphasize enough how important it is to perform inspections and stay vigilant to detect termite swarmers and workers on your property. Let's take a look at why this is the case.
The Extent Of Damage Termites Can Cause To Your Home
It is hard to detect the signs of termite damage, which is why termites are so destructive. They are allowed to nibble on Lawrenceville homes for years, bite by bite, nibble by nibble, they damage. How much damage will they do to your home? We can't say. But this is what we know about termites.
- They eat 24 hours a day.
- If temperatures are warm, they can eat 365 days a year.
- Termites live in colonies that contain thousands of individuals.
- Termite workers travel as far as 100 yards searching for food, so more than one colony can be feeding on your home.
- Termites don't stop looking for food when they find a food source.
- The queen creates more workers when current workers find ample food.
- It is possible to have a million termites feeding your home and to not know they are there.
The damage termites will do to your home is impacted by how much access termite workers have to food sources. Along with termite inspections, it is essential to remove attractants.
Factors That Attract Termites And How To Remove Them
When you work with a licensed termite control professional, you'll hear the term "conducive conditions" a lot. These are the factors that make your property interesting to worker termites. Here are some things you can do to remove conducive conditions from your property:
- Remove stumps, logs, and dying trees. Any organic food source will be preferable to termite workers. As they feed on these sources, they can also be feeding on your home.
- Put dead branches in a plastic bin. All too often, residents put branches in a pile on the ground. Doing this is like ringing the dinner bell for termites. You can expect them to come from a distance.
- Store cookout wood on a platform or in a plastic bin. If you love your backyard cookouts, we get it. Just be careful you're not giving termites a bite to eat while you have a bite to eat.
- Address wood-to-soil contact on structures. Do you have a wood fence, wood posts on your deck, or a shed that has wooden walls touching the ground? These are points of contact for worker termites that allow them to get into structures without creating shelter tubes for you to see. You'll also be giving them all the wood of these structures to feed on.
- Scrap wood left over from a construction project is a perfect food source for worker termites and becomes more and more perfect as time passes and the wood decays.
Food sources are not the only things that attract termites. Moisture plays a role as well because workers dehydrate easily. Here are some examples of how you may provide the moisture that worker termites need.
- If you use rubber instead of mulch, you can attract termites. What? Really? Yes, many mulches are resistant to termites. Rubber traps moisture underneath and creates soil conditions conducive to termite activity.
- If you have a clogged gutter or a break in your gutter system, it can add perimeter dampness and make the soil around your home perfect for worker termites.
While you can get quite a bit of protection by performing routine inspections and removing attractants, it pays to hire a licensed termite control professional to handle your termite protection.
Contact The Pros For Total Termite Control For Your Home
Why is professional termite pest control in Lawrenceville the best way to go? Professionals bring many benefits to the table. Here are a few that your ProCare Pest Services team offers.
- We can install professional-grade termite bait stations to provide effective monitoring and immediate colony elimination.
- We can provide treatments of professional-grade termiticides which contain a transfer effect that eliminates colonies.
- Our skilled technicians know how to drill and trench around your home to ensure your termiticide barrier is complete.
- We inspect annually to make sure the products installed are doing their job. Our technicians have the training to detect subtle warning signs of termite activity and damage on your property.
- If termites damage your property, it's on us if your property qualifies for a retreat and repair bond.
- Best of all. You don't have to do it!
Are you in Lawrenceville? If so, you're in our service area. Reach out to ProCare Pest Services to learn more about your termite control options or schedule to have one of our certified termite control professionals inspect your property and offer advice.
We can help you set up a new termite bond or transfer a bond from another company. We can step in and remove old treatments and get you started on something that will get the job done. We can apply a new termiticide barrier or take over renewing liquid treatments around your home.
Our goal is to help you find the right solution for your property and budget. Many options are available. Connect with us today to get your termite protection in place.