Costing an estimated 1.5 billion dollars in damage yearly, termites are the most expensive home-invading insects in the United States. These highly social pests use chemical trails to alert their colonies to viable food sources. Since termites eat through the inner portion of wood, infestations are largely hidden and may accumulate damage over several years. Additionally, controlling this pest in homes is difficult because their nests can be up to 200 feet away and points of entry are often unclear.
Signs of Termites
During the spring, large swarms of termites with wings emerge to mate, signaling a nearby infestation. These swarms typically occur between March and May, and often follow rainstorms. Termites fly briefly, pair-up, then lose their wings and begin a new colony. Another sign homes are infested is the presence of exploratory tubes. Constructed of mud and feces, these aboveground tubes provide a protected path for termites to travel between nesting sites and food sources. Mud tubing is often located in basements or along cracks in foundations, they are typically found near a source of moisture.
Effective termite control includes treating the soil around infested homes or the use of baits. However, proper treatments requires special training, equipment, and materials. Contact reliable pest management professionals, such as those at Western Pest, to create a long-term plan for addressing termite infestations.