Why Does Your Home Need A Termite Inspection
When it comes to pests, none is more devastating to the average American home than termites. These small, seemingly harmless insects can make their way into your home and wreak havoc on everything from your walls to your furniture. And, because they are so small, it can be difficult to detect them early on. This is why a termite inspection is so important.
This article beneath will go over the basics of a termite inspection and why you should have one performed.
What Is A Termite Inspection?
A termite inspection is a process that helps identify the presence of these destructive pests in your home. They are typically performed by an exterminator or pest control professional who will check for signs of infestation, such as mud tubes and burrows. If you have any concerns about the safety of your home or if there are visible signs of termite damage, you should contact an exterminator to have a termite inspection performed.
Doing this in time can, in some cases, prevent the need for expensive repairs.
The main sign of termites infesting your home are:
- Missing mortar between bricks, stones and stucco
- Chips in the paint on windowsills and doors from termites eating wood or paper inside
- Walls with mud tubes and/or mud piles on the ground around your house
- Sagging floors or ceilings, especially if they are wooden
- Swarmers in and around your home
What Are Swarmers?
Swarmers are the winged reproductive form of termites. They emerge from the colony and fly to a new home, where they mate and start a new colony. If you see swarmers in your house or yard, it’s likely that there is an active infestation nearby.
Swarmers are about 1/4-inch long and have four wings. They are darker than the rest of their bodies, which helps them blend in with their surroundings when they emerge from the colony. Swarmers usually appear at night or early morning.
What If Your Home Is Already Infested?
In this case, the swarmers are likely the result of a recent mating flight. This means that there are still many more termites in your home and yard than you can see with the naked eye. If you see swarmers in your house or yard, it’s time to call in a pest professional to ensure that any infestation, be it a tree near your home or your home itself, is cleansed.
Termites are not only destructive, they can also be dangerous to your health. Exposure to termite saliva, feces and other waste products can lead to serious illness if they are ingested by humans. This is why it’s important to hire a professional pest control company that specializes in termite control.
Our experts at Total Pest Solutions can provide you with an inspection to determine if your home or yard is infested with termites. We have the experience and training needed to detect their presence, develop a workable plan, and take steps to eliminate them from your property for good.