Termite inspections are done throughout the home to ensure that your living space is free from termites or potential sources that could cause termite outbreaks. When termites do occur, they’re typically able to eat through all kinds of items such as furniture, boxes, storage areas, and even shelving. To avoid having something valuable ruined and your home infested with unwanted pests, we recommend having a termite inspection performed by a pest control professional at least one a year or after a severe storm, where moisture could have seeped into the space where it was not previously present.
How to Identify Termites
Termites are small, sometimes white or translucent bugs with long antennas, that can be found swarming on your woodwork. You’ll find them crawling around in and around wood, eating holes and burying themselves in the interiors of wood and eating it outward. Termites leave small tunnels in the wood that was once solid, making it hollow or thin and very dusty. If you notice termite droppings around your wood as well, this could be a sign that termites are feeding off of something nearby. Other times, you can probably physically see the termites, which appear as white ants and can sometimes fly or jump quickly.
What Causes Termites
What causes termites is a series of things, such as moisture, dampness, warm conditions, and dark conditions that provide food sources. Termites are heavily attracted to wood and other wood-like materials, as they can live off of wood as a main food source. That’s why, you’ll likely find termites eating through woodwork on your furniture, picture frames, cabinets, and much more. Ultimately, the conditions of your home are what welcome termites and the amount of wood available is what allows them to stay unwelcomed.
How to Control Termites
While there’s no real way to control existing termites, there are ways to reduce them from spreading and prevent them from ruining more items in your home. You can spray the termites (or allow us to perform a termite treatment), which gives you time to get rid of the furniture or storage items that termites have already infested or eaten through. If you have a larger wooden structure that you want to save from succumbing to the termites, you’ll need to treat the wood and coat it with a protective solution that the termites cannot eat through or destroy.
Overall, preventing termites is as easy as preventing other types of pests. By knowing what attracts termites and what conditions they thrive in, you can easily ensure that your home is not available to meet those needs. We also recommend scheduling annual termite inspections for areas of your home that you fear might be in danger of attracting termites or could potentially already be harboring them. Our termite inspections are completed thoroughly and help address where termites would likely be hiding and what both we and you can do to prevent them from disrupting your living space even further, typically through termite management and termite treatment solutions.