Do You Have an Active Termite Infestation in Your Home? Contact an Expert

Termites are destructive pests. They can damage your house by eating away at its wooden structures. A termite infestation is costly to you due to the required repairs and replacements. Also, it requires hiring professionals like Avata Pest Control services to exterminate and prevent them. 

Termite destruction is not just limited to homes. Termites can also damage plants and trees. Thus, these pests should not be taken lightly as they can ruin an entire forest. It’s important to understand their activity and how to eliminate them. 

Termite Activity Before Winter

While termites are active year-round, they are most active during cold months as they seek food for their colony and queen. As fall approaches, these tiny pests become more aware of the changing outdoor conditions that can increase their risk of dying if they fail to look for a favorable environment. Termites look for more food to survive the winter. Termites do everything to make it inside your house to find wood for their nests. This is the reason termite activity increases as fall starts.

Termites feed while they tunnel through wood. They are not an issue you should fix on your own. Pest control experts can inspect your home’s structures and determine the presence of these pests, a previous termite problem, and an existing infestation. Then, they can create a plan to manage an active infestation and prevent a recurrence. 

Signs that Termites Have Infested Your Home

Below are signs that you have termites in your house:

  • Termite damage. To find possible termite damage, check for breaking down or rotting wood. Also, check your home’s foundation and look for cracks or holes in it. These issues might indicate termite activity. Termite damage includes discolored or drooping drywall, hollow wood, peeling paint, loosed tiles, and buckling laminate or wooden floorboards. 
  • Discarded wings. When termites become adults and are ready to build a new colony, they tend to shed their wings. So, if you find discarded wings around your house, this could mean you have a termite issue.
  • Mud tubes. Termites build mud tubes as they travel to your house from their nest. Subterranean termites use these tubes to create a link between their colony and a food source. These tubes are made of dirt, detritus, and wood meant to protect their colony from predators.
  • Termite droppings. These droppings look like tiny pellets that can be brown or black. They are usually left behind by drywood termites after they devour wood. 
  • Swarmers. Termite swarmers leave their nest two times every year. Different species have different swarming times. Finding live swarmers around your house necessitates pest control services. 

Eliminating Termites

If termites have infested your home, contact a pest control company for help. Pest control technicians will spray or treat the perimeter of your house. Treatment can include the ground between your home and property line. If one treatment is not enough to eliminate the infestation, the technicians can treat the exterior of your home every six to twelve months. They can work with you to establish a maintenance plan to keep termites from infesting your home again in the future. 

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