Of course, no one wants to think about termites. But knowing the common signs to watch for with an infestation can save you significant time and money. Here are the most common signs it’s time to call your pest control company for an inspection:
Subterranean termites travel between the ground and your home in small tunnels of mud or clay called mud tubes. You can typically notice these tunnel patterns in the dark areas of your home, like your garage or basement. Termites build these tubes to travel from the ground to your home. Watch for moist tunnel patterns around the perimeter of your home and in any dark, low-sitting areas that contain mud or clay.
Termites consume cellulose found in wood. They leave behind black, powdery droppings that resemble sawdust or coffee grounds. Like many other pests, termite droppings clearly indicate that you have an infestation. You may have an infestation if you notice small piles of dry, black, powdery droppings around wood surfaces in your home. Pay close attention to baseboards, window frames, wooden decks, and along the top of walls.
Have you noticed discarded wings inside or outside your home? During mating season, termites shed their wings in masses. Termites swarm in the spring and summer, so pay close attention during those months. After the swarm is over, they build nests nearby. If you notice piles of discarded wings around your home, there are likely termites nearby. Although the wings tell you there’s a problem, they won’t tell you exactly where they are nesting within your property. That’s why it’s best to call a professional pest control Tulsa company for an inspection.
The most significant damage termites cause is eating away your home’s wooden surfaces and structures. In many cases, termites soften wood so much that you will hear a damp or hollow sound. Wood less than an inch thick may not be strong enough to withstand tunneling, causing cracks or splits in the surface. Call a pest control company immediately since this type of damage can become a risk to the structural integrity of your home.
Termite damage weakens structures, making them susceptible to other types of damage. You may notice peeling paint when they eat wood around window sills and floors. When there’s too much moisture inside the house, this can lead to mildew and mold growth. Contact a professional termite control company if you notice peeling paint and think termites may be the cause.
Termite damage can be significant if left untreated. If you notice any signs of termite infestation, it’s imperative to contact your local pest control company immediately for help. At Midwest Pest Control, we’re here to provide the affordable, responsive service you need to avoid progressive damage. Call us today to schedule your inspection