Is It Time to Pest Control Termites? Signs to Watch For

Pest-Control-Termites-Blog 464482515We hope you never need pest control termites but if and when you do, call Expert Pest Solutions! It is crucial to pest control termites now before the these potentially damaging insects have a chance to dig in and do their worst to your home. You may not even know you have termites! If you have discovered termites on your property, it’s imperative to contact pest control termites for an inspection and treatment as soon as possible.

Every year homeowners spend about $5 billion in property damage and repair costs due to termites. That’s why it should be a high priority with homeowners when they’ve discovered termite damage – immediately. If left untreated too long, termite damage can run into significant restoration expenses. It is rare but not unheard of for some termite species to damage a home beyond repair. If you’ve seen them actively swarming, you may have mistaken them for some type of fly or other insects. Unfortunately, all too often you won’t know you have termites until your foot goes through the floor or something worse.

You should never let your guard down where termites are concerned. You should inspect around your home periodically for pest control termites in order to identify them and get treatment as soon as possible. It’s also important to remember these facts:

  • Termites don’t swarm in winter, preferring the warmer months—usually March through November.
  • A mature termite colony can do a lot of damage to your home in the fall and winter.
  • Termite colonies can multiply and the damage to your home substantially increases with colony growth.
Termites can be found inside the walls, foundation, and other areas during the fall and winter where there is shelter from the weather. The only thing that changes when the temperatures fall is their routine. When their summer food sources die due to cold temperatures, they dig alternate tunnels deeper into the ground for warmth, particularly in areas close to or inside a warm house. If you have never seen termites and the destruction they can cause, you need to learn what to look for and how to proceed. Some signs of termite infestation to look for:

  • Discoloration and buckling of walls and ceilings
  • Sagging drywall and holes
  • Warped and bubbled floors
  • Loose floor tiles
  • Sawdust/crumbling wood
  • Mud tunnels on foundations and wooden structures
  • Swarms of termites
Some other signs might include windows and doors that stick – termites produce moisture when eating and tunneling through wooden doors and window frames. This causes warping, making doors and windows hard to open. Another key sign of drywood termites is their droppings, called frass. An infestation is clearly indicated when you see this sign of termites. Look around for odd looking openings in the ground or the wood for the small black marks and a dark powdery substance. Preventative steps for pest control termites will help avoid extensive damage. If you have found a termite infestation, get treatment as soon as possible. Any time termite activity is found, the technicians at Expert Pest Solutions can provide you with recommendations for pest control termites.

We provide service to Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, Republic, Rogersville, and Strafford. Expert Pest Solutions does termite inspections and treatment to all structures. Prices vary depending on the size of the structure and type of foundation. Contact (417) 413-4776 for answers to your questions or to schedule an inspection. We also offer quarterly service plans.