The last thing that you want to hear is that your home is already infested with termites. However, in most of America, these pests are hard to avoid. And while they are small and harmless to human beings, termites can cause extensive damage when untreated in your home. Here are some early signs that your home is in need of termite control.
Wings And Frass
If you’ve ever had termites in your home or office you know exactly what I’m talking about. One day, you open your desk drawer to find a pile of small wings. Whose wings are these? How did they get there? After termites have swarmed your home they shed their wings and make themselves comfortable for the foreseeable future. If you’re unfamiliar with the word frass, you may know it as those random piles of tiny pellets that appear out of nowhere on your windowsill. Those harmless little pellets are actually tiny termite poops. When you see frass around your home, it’s a clear sign that those termites who dropped their wings are now settling in for dinner. If you don’t already have a termite control company on your side, now is a great time to invest in one.
Buckling Or Squeaking Floors
If you have an older, wood frame home with a crawl space there is a good chance you have (or have had) termites. Termites, like other creepy crawlies love damp, dark spaces and where better to find those than underneath your home? If the wooden floors in your home have begun to speak or buckle you may want to check and see what is going on below. Invite a termite control specialist to walk around your home and look for the signs of damage that can only come from termites.
Mud Tubes On Your Foundation
Unlike the termites that swarm and leave their wings lying around your home, subterranean termites live below ground. When they make the move into your home, they do so by building mud tubes from the ground, up your home’s foundation, and into the fresh wood inside. These tubes, often the diameter of a pencil are used to provide shelter to the termites so they can safely move in and out of your house. Termites are ubiquitous in the state of Florida, so we highly recommend that you walk the perimeter of your home in search of these mud tubes.
Don’t waste another moment wondering if your home is safe from termites. Do some research of your own and keep a lookout for these telltale signs of an infestation. And remember, home without termite control can sustain significant damage from hungry termites. Contact us today for more information about how to get termite control for your home.