Termite exterminator – Termite inspections & Removal
Termites can wreak havoc on a home, swiftly causing destruction that requires costly repairs. Termites feed on cellulose, a substance available in abundance throughout a house—in wood, paper, and all kinds of other materials. This means any house is vulnerable to their attack, which is why you may very well need a termite exterminator.
A termite exterminator analyzes a termite infestation to track down the nest and determine how best to get rid of them. They will either target an infestation with the most effective possible method or use an all-inclusive approach to termite removal.
Do you need the services of a termite exterminator? Here are some signs to look for.
5 Warning Signs of Termite Infestation
Although signs of termite infestation are easy to identify outdoors, they may go long unnoticed indoors. People don’t usually notice the signs of termites until they have already caused major damage. To get ahead of major damages, here’s what to look for:
Mud Tubes – Also called shelter tubes, these form a conduit between colony’s nest and the wood they eat. Termites build mud tubes to act as shelter and protect them from predators. Some species of termites don’t make mud tubes, but rather dig tunnels to transport food to the colony.
Hollow Wood – Termites devour wood, so if they are present you’ll notice a lot of damaged wood inside and outside the house. Look for hollow wood the termites have fed on from the inside.
Droppings and Wings – A swarm of termites leave wings around when they move out of their nest and leave droppings as they feed on wood and other materials around your house. However, these signs might not be obvious to most people.
Termite Noises – If you have a serious infestation, you will hear tapping noises coming from the infested area. The tapping noises, most audible at night, are the termites’ mandibles hitting wood as they feed.
Earth Mounds and Packing of Soil in the House – Termites use soil to build their mud tubes, so you might find an accumulation of soil at some spots inside the house. Outdoors, you might see earth mounds building, a sign that you have a colony.
Termite Inspection and Removal
Termite exterminators first conduct a thorough inspection to determine the extent of the infestation. The inspection also determines the location of colonies, if any, and the type of termite present. Five termite types likely to infest your home include: drywood termites, subterranean termites, dampwood termites, Formosan termites, and conehead termites.
Termite removal is then carried out using either chemical or non-chemical methods. The termite exterminator determines the most effective termite removal method to use, depending on your situation.
Removal methods include pesticides, applying treatments to wood and furniture to repel termites, barriers, stakes, or foam, and adding nematodes to soil.
To keep pests away and prevent termite infestation, Keep your home clean and tidy, free of debris lying around. Allow enough sunlight into the affected area, keeping your home dry.
Contact us to talk to a termite exterminator to help remove the pests from your home, both indoors and outdoors.