Termites are wood devouring insects that do their work covertly, quickly, and insidiously. In fact, many homeowners are unaware that they have a termite problem until a pest exterminator uncovers the situation. However, there are also some signs of termite damage that you can notice on your own, as long as you vigilantly inspect your home for the presence of the critters.
If you notice any of the signs below in your home or building, call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions right away at (314) 732-1413. The sooner termite control is performed, the less termite damage the structure will incur, and the less money you will spend on restoring its condition.
Soft Wood That Should be Firm
Termites create tunnels through wood that are comprised of mud, termite feces, and saliva. Because the insects don’t chew through the outer layer of wood and reveal their tunnels, termite infested wood is often discovered by chance, such as when someone is cleaning the baseboards in his home and finds soft places in the wood, where it has lost its original strength. Poking a hole in the softened wood may even reveal termites traveling through their tunnels.
Buckling Paint on Wood and Drywall Surfaces
Sometimes, you don’t even have to press on wood to see if it has been softened by termite activity. Instead, you can observe that activity is present by noticing buckling paint on wood surfaces. When termites thoroughly devour a piece of wood, the pulp of the wood is almost completely chewed away, leaving little more than a coating behind.
The same phenomenon is likely to affect other wood areas in the structure, unless termite control is performed thoroughly and expeditiously by an experienced pest exterminator.
Visible Mud Tunnels in Various Places
Although termites are known to swarm to new locations during the day — particularly after it has rained and the weather is warm — they prefer their living environment to be dark. This is why they construct mud tunnels to travel through, as they move to different places in a home or building. Visible mud tunnels on exterior surfaces — particularly surfaces comprised of wood — is often one of the first indicators that an experienced exterminator should perform termite control.
Contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions
A termite infestation can do more than damage the aesthetics of your home or building. If the infestation is left unchecked, it could eventually compromise the structural integrity of the structure, as termites continue to look for new sources of wood to devour. To prevent this from happening to your home or building, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will perform termite control, eliminating the termite colony and proposing solutions to prevent it from reforming.
Termites can work fast. So, now is the time to address their presence. If you think that you may have termites in your home or building, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or refer email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to helping you keep your residence or building free of termites and other troublesome pests that can ruin your piece of mind, and your property, too.