Termites may be considered a delicacy in certain parts of the world, but for Unite States homeowners, they are only responsible for costing us billions of dollars in property damage each year. Here's what Beaumont homeowners should know about the signs of termites, the extensive damage they can cause, why you shouldn't try to get rid of termites on your own, and how to get rid of termites with pest control in Beaumont.
Obvious Signs Of A Termite Infestation On Your Property
Termite infestations can go unnoticed for extremely long periods of time – even up to eight years. This is because the signs of termite infestations tend to be subtle, but if you know what to look for, they can be more obvious than you might think.
Here are some of the biggest indicators that you've got a termite infestation on your Beaumont property:
- Swarmers: Perhaps the biggest sign of a termite problem is spotting termite swarms on your property. During their mating season, termites swarm in large groups when looking for a mate. You may see these flying termites, but it's more likely that you'll see the signs left behind from a termite swarm, like discarded wings.
- Frass: Termite droppings, also called frass, tend to resemble sawdust or coffee grounds since a termite's diet primarily consists of wood. You may find frass piled close to baseboards, windows, or doors.
- White ants: While termites and ants can look similar, their coloring varies. If you see light or even white-colored "ants" near your home, they may actually be termites.
- Mud tubes: Subterranean termites create mud tubes near the foundation of your home. These tubes allow termites to travel from soil to the wooden portions of your home without having to go out in the open.
If you notice these or other signs of termites in or around your property, it's important to take action right away.
The Extent Of Damage Termites Can Create On Your Property
Although termites can be responsible for five billion dollars in damage across the country, how much damage can they cause for the individual homeowner? Unfortunately, because termites go unnoticed for years, the extent of the damage can often be severe.
Small colonies of termites, which usually consist of around 60,000 termites, may eat a few ounces of wood per day. However, as the infestation grows into the millions, termites can eat close to a pound of wood per day.
If you've got wooden siding or other wooden parts of your home, termites can cause a lot of structural damage, including hollowing out wood and eating through all the wooden paneling. At first glance, termite damage can sometimes look like water damage due to the extra moisture they introduce into your home.
Besides the amount of damage they cause, termites can also create a pungent smell that lingers around your home. This smell can be unpleasant and is often related to the amount of frass that termites leave around your home.
Why You Shouldn't Try To Get Rid Of Termites On Your Own
While over-the-counter and DIY solutions for termites are available, these solutions are rarely effective. Termite baits and traps may eliminate some of the infestation, but are often unable to kill larvae and eggs, so new termites will hatch and keep reproducing.
As for pesticides, using these chemicals not only requires you to know the hiding place of every termite, but they can sometimes be toxic to you or your pets as well. Other home remedies, such as leaving your furniture out in the sun, are just ineffective when it comes to killing termites.
The Best Call To Make If You Spot Termites On Your Property
Rather than waste your time on ineffective DIY treatments or over-the-counter solutions that won't be much help, the best thing you can do for a termite problem is contact Pestco Professional Pest. With experience that dates back more than fifty years, we've had more than a century to perfect our effective termite control services. And, to make sure we get the job done, our termite control services always come with a complete satisfaction guarantee.
If you think you may have termites in your home or would like to schedule an annual inspection with one of our home pest control professionals, we're only a phone call away. Contact us today at Pestco Professional Pest to schedule an appointment.