Signs of Termite Infestation
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Termites are the silent devils. They live in the underworld of woods and, thus, you may never even have a chance encounter with them. This makes them more dangerous, as you don’t fight what you don’t see. However, just because they aren’t visible doesn’t mean they are any less damaging. Termite infestation causes a huge financial loss in the form of property and furniture damage; in fact, it results in over $5 billion annually in damage in the U.S. alone. But the more serious problem is the structural damage to your property, which can even put lives at risk.
Termites are, unfortunately, difficult to detect. Some species, like dry wood termites, live inside the wood and thus are impossible to detect. Others leave some trails but they also appear very late. Generally, you will get the first hint of termite infestation only when they have caused substantial damage. Only a complete inspection by trained professionals can help in detecting a termite infestation on time. Pest control services have great experience and equipment to detect these elusive devils. Ultimately, timely treatment will lead to termite prevention on your property.
Dealing with termites is a tricky task and control or removal is a task easier said than done. Even if some termites survive, they can start an infestation again. The experts at Frame’s Pest Control use several treatment options including natural termite control.
Regular termite inspection and treatment of your property is a must. However, if you see any signs of a termite infestation, you must call the experts immediately.
Seven Things to Watch Out For
Termite Mud Tubes
Subterranean termites need mud tubes for making their way to the wooden surface. They can’t walk in the open. Although these mud tubes aren’t easy to spot, as they are generally in the dark and nondescript corners of your home. Still, if you see any mud tubes on your property, call the experts for termite protection.
Cracks in Door Jams & Cornices
Termites weaken the wood from inside. They lead to loss of structural integrity. This loss is most visible in areas that are bearing load or movement. Door jams and cornices are the best places to look for such failures. If you suspect a problem then immediately call us to perform a thorough inspection.
Sand or Dust Pellets
Dry wood termites are the most dangerous because they work in stealth mode—they are the most difficult to detect. Yet, they leave sand-like dust pellets. If you see a dust-like thing at a place where it shouldn’t be, then you need to be alert. Before you brush it off, think again. Instead, call our termite control experts immediately for help.
Difficult to Open Doors & Windows
The subterranean termites can cause the wood to swell. It is actually caused by the entrapment of heat and moisture inside the wood. If you notice that wood in your home has got fluffy or swollen at places, it is an indication of a termite attack.
Skirtings & Other Areas that Break Easily
Termite damage can cause the wood to become weak. It breaks easily and becomes as soft as thin paper. Even a slight pressure can break it. If, while cleaning, you feel that areas like the skirting and window sills are breaking easily, then it can be due to termites.
Timber that Sounds Hollow
Termites eat timber from inside and make it hollow. You can practically tell the difference by the sound it makes on knocking. If you notice that all of a sudden some pillar or post in your home has started sounding hollow, then it can be due to a termite attack. This kind of damage can compromise the structural strength of your property or furniture and may lead to injuries, which is why it is important to call us for inspection and treatment services right away.
Piles of Wings Near Window Sills
Generally, termites are wingless, but that’s not true for all of them. The reproductive termites can grow wings when they need to find new colonies. However, they’ll shed their wings as soon as they find a place to nest and form a colony. If you start finding a same-size pair of wings near light sources in your home, then you need to get alert. Wings on the window sills or glass doors are an indication that termites are trying to invade your home. We recommend our fumigation or spray services, which work best toward prevention.
Say “Night Night” to Termites
If you have noticed any of these signs, then sitting idle can be a mistake. You must call Frame’s Pest Control, the most trusted name in termite removal from Northwest Ohio to Southeast Michigan. With more than 125 years of combined experience, we guarantee you complete freedom of termite infestation.
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