In a perfect world we’d become aware of danger well before it was upon us, and we’d be able to take the necessary precautions to avoid it. In the world we actually live in, sometimes we get blindsided by things that we had no idea were coming. And sometimes the danger is already with us even though we have no idea it’s there.
That is often the case when it comes to termites. Termites are alive and well here in Richmond, as well as all over the United States. In fact, they cause over $5 billion in damage for United States homeowners every single year. Unfortunately, the way that termites conduct their business usually means that homeowners are blissfully unaware of their presence until they’ve caused a large amount of damage to the home.
Termites rarely come out into the open. When living outdoors, they’ll live in the rotting wood they eat or underground. If they get into your home, which usually occurs when they are looking for food and are attracted to water-damaged wood in or around your house, they may end up building nests inside the wood they eat, eventually moving to structurally sound wood when they run out of rotted wood to satisfy them. Even when traveling, termites will build tubes of mud to crawl through, making it unlikely that you’ll see them out in the open.
The only time you are likely to observe termites in the open is when the reproductive members of a colony swarm out in the spring in order to find a mate and start a new colony. If you see the swarmers it means there’s already a well-established colony somewhere nearby, and your home is in danger, if not already infested.
However, just because you can’t see them anytime but in the spring, doesn’t mean they’re not alive and well during the other seasons. If termites have already gained entry to your home, they will continue to thrive year-round in your climate-controlled environment.
If you pay close attention, there are other signs that termites have invaded besides seeing the pests themselves. As mentioned earlier, they build mud tubes when they travel, so seeing these tubes along the outside of your foundation or on the inside of basement walls is a sign you may have termites.
Finding tiny holes in wood beams with small piles of what looks like sawdust below them is another sign of termites.
Even if you miss seeing a swarm, you may notice the aftereffects of one. During a termite swarm, the swarmers lose their wings. If you find an area covered in discarded wings, you are likely seeing the remains of a termite swarm.
Finally, if you notice sagging floors or ceilings, bulging walls, or doors or windows that no longer close properly, you may have a well-advanced termite problem.
Any of these signs, whether in the early or late stages, should be an immediate signal to you to call a professional pest control company like RichPro Pest Management, Inc. Termites are not easy to eliminate and are best left to the people who have the expertise, experience, and tools necessary to completely eradicate the infestation.
RichPro will first conduct a thorough inspection of your property to determine if a problem is present and, if so, to what extent. We will then work with you to provide the best possible solution for your particular situation.
Whether you already have a termite infestation or you’ve decided to avoid the dangers of one before an invasion occurs, RichPro is here to help. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options.