The threat of a termites infesting a home’s structure is an issue for every homeowner. Termites can do an extensive amount of damage to a home because of their voracious appetites and elusive natures. To a homeowner’s untrained eye, you may not see the early signs of termite activity. This is why it is so important to have a regular inspection and have a proven termite control program in place.
With spring comes termites swarms. These swarms are an important indicator of new colonies being formed. The termite swarm is made up of male and female termites who are trying to find mating partners. Once a male and female have selected each other, they will break their wings to symbolize they are a couple. Then they go off to start their own colony. The first year of a colony may only have a population of around 75, and may not be very noticeable. It is important to know that a swarm or a pile of broken termite wings is an early indicator of termite activity.
As a colony grows, the potential for damage to your home increases. Termites are not the fastest moving pests. They feed and expand their area slowly. Even though this is true, keep in mind that termite damage causes millions of dollars in damage every year in the U.S.. Signs of termite infestation include:
- Dead termites
- Small holes in wood surfaces
- Sagging windows and doors
- Drywall damage
- Soft or squishy places in the floor
If you suspect that you may have a termite issue, call our professional technicians as soon as possible. We can do a thorough home inspection and create a customized termite plan for your unique needs. For current termite infestations, we will form an immediate plan of attack. We can also help you with preventative measures for future termites invasions as well.
Termite problems are the last place you want to try DIY solutions. You will need a professional to resolve a current infestation and put preventative measures in place. Here are some basic tips that you can do as a homeowner:
- Make sure your downspouts and gutter direct all runoff away from the foundation
- Remove old tree stumps on the property
- Avoid using wood mulch near your foundation
- Use woods that are naturally resistant to termites
At Wil-Kil Pest Control, we use the latest in termite fighting technologies, so schedule a home evaluation today. Spring is here and we know how to get rid of termites and how to put preventative measures in place to help keep them out!