Termites are the bane of many a homeowner in North Carolina. What are the signs that your home requires termite treatment? Action Pest Exterminating, provider of expert pest control services near Charlotte, investigates.
Termite droppings, or “frass”, is left behind after termites consume wood. Frass comes in a variety of colors, depending on the wood that the termites have been snacking on. What’s interesting is that termites will push their frass out of their holes and into the adjacent room/area, thus providing a clue to their presence. Frass piles resemble coffee grounds and have a moldy scent. If you see these piles near a tiny hole in the wall, you should contact our termite control company.
If areas of your home exhibit signs of warped or buckled wood, it goes without saying that you should take it seriously. This includes cracks in the floors and walls, as well as swollen ceilings. However, it can sometimes be hard to discern the source of the warpage. Is it due to termites or water damage? Not only do each problem’s symptoms resemble each other physically, but their mildew-ish scents are similar too. One telltale sign that termites are the culprit is if the buckling is evident in a spot where water damage is impossible. Either way, you should get in touch with us pronto. Our team can advise whether your home requires professional pest control or structural repairs due to water.
Not all termites live above ground. Subterranean termites live and breed in the soil, and their presence is evident by pen-sized mud tubes that connect the termite colony to a building. These tubes are rather ingenious: they’re made from a combination of wood, soil, and debris, giving the termites an easily accessible food source while they travel to and fro. The mud tubes area also good for moisture retention and protection from predators. Even more dastardly is the fact that these tubes are hard to spot (beneath bushes, behind walls, etc.), which is why the involvement of a preventive pest control company is a must.
Like most insects, termites experience a period of body-part shedding. In a termite’s case, a winged male sheds its wings right after the reproductive cycle. This cycle usually occurs during springtime, when the weather is cool and moist. Although these wings are undeniably small, what sets them apart from other insect wings is that termite wings are clear and resemble fish scales. If during an inspection of your home you find a pile of these scales, you’ll know that termites are in your house.
In the previous section we mentioned a termite’s reproductive cycle. This cycle is also indicative of another time when termite pest control is necessary: termite swarms. These swarms occur during reproduction, and the signs include mass-congregation on windowsills and light fixtures. Subterranean termite swarms are much larger than drywood termite swarms; the latter number no more than 100 per colony.
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