- Created: 06 March 2020 06 March 2020
This week marks a special event in the pest control world: Termite Awareness Week. This is a time where we as professionals are reminded that the rest of the world has less knowledge of this most destructive pest. It is our intent here at Ace Walco to make sure that our customers are informed about and protected from pests. Read more to find out some of the common signs of termite activity.
How Can I Tell If I Have Termites?
As one of the world’s oldest pests, termites have had millions of years of evolution to help them hide out pretty well. It can be difficult to spot an infestation, and often homeowners don’t even realize the problem until it is too late. Thankfully, the experts at Ace Walco are here to help you out. Should you notice any of the following signs around your property, don’t hesitate to call! Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in damage each year, including dangerous structural damage to buildings and homes. Here are some of the telltale signs we look for when identifying a termite infestation:
- Winged Swarmers. Each spring, usually around this time, termite colonies send out their reproductive members in the hopes they can start their own families and communities. Known as “swarmers” they grow wings and take flight in search of hospitable wood to inhabit and eat. If you see many of these in one area, chances are that there is a thriving colony somewhere nearby. Call a licensed pest control professional right away because your house might be ready to collapse. OK, it may not be that bad, but then again it might!
- Wood Damage. Blistering paint or wood can be an indication that termites are living inside. Termites eat and build from the inside out, so when their activity has become severe you will often find these kinds of signs.
- Mud Tubes. Termites sometimes build special tunnels known as mud tubes to travel between their food/water and nests. These tubes are often located on foundations, cement or otherwise impermeable surfaces. They look like dried mud, and if you crack one open you’ll see a passageway about the diameter of a straw.
What do termites do?
Termites eat wood. And hence, they cause terrible, irreparable damage to wood framed structures. They have evolved over millions of years to be able to survive incredible difficulties including lack of food or water for extended periods of time, heat, cold, and—get this—a termite can even live for almost 5 days without its head! So thinking you can outwit these guys is simply wrong. The best way to deal with termites is to avoid them in the first place.
What should I do if I see a termite?
If you see a termite in or around your home, the best course of action is to call a pest control professional right away. Having been in the survival game for 250 million years has given these insects a quick reaction time, so disturbing them could mean that they will abandon the initial site and move on to a safer, more hidden place where you likely won’t find them until too late. You can call Ace Walco any time to schedule a free, no-obligation inspection. We will schedule it at your convenience and our friendly professionals will have a look and discuss your options for mitigation.