The main key to termite control is understanding what a termite infestation looks like. This is particularly difficult with this type of insect as they often move in tunnels through soil into the structure of the building undetected. A good first step is understanding the physical differences between termites and their similar-looking counterpart, Carpenter ants.
Termites differ from ants mostly in color. Worker termites are light-colored and almost clear but will tend to avoid any light source. If you do see a swarm of termites, they will appear dark brown or black, which is how they get mistaken for Carpenter ants. At this point, they can be identified via their long, straight antennae that differ from ants’ crooked antennae.
Once you have identified the physical differences, it’s important to look for termite behavior in the home. Termites will leave a recognizable trail of evidence if you know what to look for:
Piles of Wings:
If you begin to see piles of wings discarded on window sills, countertops, and other flat surfaces in the home, this is a sign of a termite infestation as they are discarded from worker termites.
Check along your foundation, trim, and door frames for any mud tubes/trails. Worker termites leave these behind.
Termites will leave holes in trim or drywall that they will then patch up with mud. A gentle tap on the wood surrounding this area can help indicate how far the infestation has gone. The weaker the wood, the worse the infestation. Termites can also be identified via structural damage. Once an infestation is detected, take a small, flat-headed screwdriver and tap gently around the affected areas. If the wood seems soft or gives way completely, there is definitely an infestation taking place. This kind of damage can ruin the entire foundation of a home and is better dealt with sooner rather than later.
Once the termite infestation has been identified, that’s where we come in. The team at Action Pest & Turf will work tirelessly to rid your home or business of any infestation. We will begin by carefully inspecting the building to locate where the main termite activity is taking place and pinpointing possible entry points.
Action Pest & Turf uses integrated pest management techniques that are safer and more effective than traditional methods. These management techniques work more effectively because they’re designed to target the root of the problem: insect behavior. We understand insects and strive to beat them at their own game. Our experts will also advocate good sanitation practices and structural enhancements to remove food and water sources and to fortify entry points that pests use to gain access to your building.
We work hard to understand all of the factors that drive pest activity which allows us to maintain a pest-free environment and minimize pesticide use. We will work with you to design the best termite treatment plan possible for your building and budget. If you choose to opt-in for our termite damage contract, for example, we will inspect your property annually and re-treat any potential entry points as needed to keep everyone protected.
If you suspect termites, don’t hesitate to contact us for a no-obligation, free quote today!