Many people wonder when it’s time to call a professional when a termite infestation is suspected. Termites are very small and difficult to detect, so it’s not always apparent when they are present. In spite of their small size, they can do a great deal of damage. This can lead to costly repairs that may not be covered by insurance. Knowing when to call a professional is a step in the right direction to ensuring termite-free homes, buildings, and other structures.
Presence of Winged Termites Indoors
Sometimes, termite infestations are found by actually seeing the termites. Swarmers, winged reproductive termites, are often seen during the spring months when they emerge to mate. Seeing a few swarmers outside is not necessarily a cause for alarm. If seen indoors, it could be signs that termite colonies have been living in the walls, furniture, or other wood structures. Calling a professional to check for infestations is wise. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Subterranean termites live underground in the soil away from their food source. They make mud tubes or tunnels that connect their nests to homes and buildings where they feed. The tunnels are created on non-wood surfaces where they would otherwise be exposed to predators. Concrete, foundations, basements, steps, patios, and other structures should be inspected for the presence of mud tunnels. If tunnels are spotted, it is most likely an indication that termites reside nearby. A professional can confirm their presence.
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Sometimes termites weaken structures like walls or baseboards that may accidentally get hit, exposing the damage. Oftentimes, wood damage isn’t noticeable because they work on the insides of structures where it’s dark. It may take a little more detective work to find hidden damage. Damaged wood can be recognized when it turns dark in color or begins to blister. It may also crumble when poked at with a tool, such as a screwdriver. A pest control expert will be able to search the entire property and devise a plan to get rid of them and keep them away.
If winged termites, mud tunnels, or wood damage are seen, it’s important to seek professional help right away. A professional can closely inspect all structures to determine if a termite infestation exists. Those trained to identify and get rid of termites hiding in undetectable places is often the only way to be sure. Nipping a termite problem in the bud early on can save property owners from ongoing problems, extensive damage, and costly repairs.