3 Signs That Point Towards Termite Infestation In Your Home
So you are seriously thinking about contacting an termite control exterminator to deal with those pesky worries you have concerning termites infesting your home. Probably you heard the sound of munching in your walls, or you found a winged pest in your underground room and fear the bad news. Early termite detection is important before termites are able to inflict much damage to the foundation of your home. Termites are devious, working in hidden areas of your house that you rarely check very closely. Nevertheless, they are not undetectable. This article analyses three things that a professional exterminator will check for to ascertain whether or not your house is infested with termites.
Proof of swarmers
Termites often create new colonies from present nests. Established, fruitful termite colonies begin generating winged, sexually developed adults known as alates. These alates leave the colony and go in swarms to reproduce and create their own colonies elsewhere. Therefore, exterminators will first look for the presence of these swarmers or winged termites in your home. If any is found, there's a high likelihood of a termite nest close to your house and that the winged termites are using the wood inside your house as a food source.
Mud tubes are another clear sign that will inform the exterminator of a termite problem in your home. Mud tubes are often located along the foundation, adjacent to plumbing pipes, in crawlspaces or in attics. Also referred to as shelter tubes, they appear like sheltered or enclosed highways that termites use to crisscross open spaces such as concrete footers. Since termites cannot pass through these hurdles, they construct highways on top or around them. These shelter tubes are made of wood cellulose and soil, among other particulate matter. They are approximately the thickness of a pencil or drinking straw and may be meandering or straight. To determine whether a mud tube is from a past termite infestation or an existing one, the exterminator removes a minor segment, leaving a large section of the mud tube intact. If the opening is plugged back up after a few days, it is obvious that termites are presently active in and around your home.
Mud in structure joints
As you are probably aware by now, termites are serious little constructors. As such, they always seal little spaces with dirt to create shelter and make themselves comfortable from predators and weather elements. Besides the presence of shelter tubes, exterminators are always on the lookout for the presence of crusted mud or dirt in small openings, and cracks in your walls and floors, or mud packed into structural joints. These signs point towards the work of industrious termites.
Once the presence of termites is detected, the exterminator will formulate a pest treatment and control plan to stop existing infestations and also protect your property from potential infestations in years to come.