Termites, also known as white ants, regularly infest people’s homes. By the time someone notices the tell-tale signs, a full infestation is in force. That’s where pest control can rid the house of unwanted guests.
Termites are one of the world’s oldest insects, unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs.
You can find them in all countries except Antarctica. Less than 50 species exist in North America, but when they do infest, they can cause a lot of damage and inconvenience. The U.S spends around $3 billion annually repairing damage caused by termites and using preventative treatments.
Signs of a Termite Infestation
Termites like wood and moist soil so a common point of infestation is via decking, wooden door frames or tiny cracks in the foundations. Signs of an infestation include:
– Discarded wings around doors and window sills
– Wood blistering, hollow sounding wood or tubular shapes in the wood – this is a sign of subterranean termites burrowing
– Bubble shapes in wood. This may look like water, but it could be termites underneath the wood. Termites eat wood, so anything made of wood, including structural supports in the home could be eaten by termites. The insects eat all the time, 24 hours a day.
– Wood colored droppings around the home.
A termite infestation can affect the integrity of the home and devalue the property. Dealing with them properly will prevent future expensive bills for the homeowner.
Kill Termites Now
Boca Raton specialists for termite control can inspect the home for termites and formulate a plan to get rid of them. Ways to kill termites include applying liquid solutions in and around the house to destroy them and create a barrier.
You can use dry foam for interior walls and other spaces. There are also treatments that stunt the termite’s growth and prevent breeding.
A pest control specialist can also give advice about what attracted the termites to the home and how to prevent further infestations in the future. If you notice signs of termites, call pest control to avoid damage to your home.