How To Tell If Your Fayetteville Property Has Termites
May 14, 2021
Want to hear a joke about termites in Fayetteville? What did the termite say to the house? It was nice knawing you.
Termite jokes are good for laughs, but termites are no laughing matter if they are gnawing on your home. Termites cost American home and business owners five billion dollars a year. They often go unnoticed until it's too late. Want some tips on how to tell if your Fayetteville property has termites? Ennis Exterminating, your trusted pest control company, can help.
These small insects are often mistaken for ants. Like ants, termites are socially organized and have a stellar work ethic. Termites will eat wood and build their elaborate tunnels 24/7. They have been known to eat more than eight pounds of wood per year.
Even though termites are highly destructive to human homes, they are important for the environment. As detritus feeders, termites feed on decaying wood and plants. By ingesting and breaking down cellulose, they help recycle nutrients back into the soil.
But when they come inside, they will tunnel and eat their way through beams, joists, framing, even plaster and metal at times. With the nickname “silent destroyers” termites can take a bite out of your Fayetteville home without you even noticing. Reproductive termites can lay up to 1,000 eggs per day, overrunning your home with new termites.
There are over 2,000 species of termites, ranging in size and color. In Georgia, subterranean termites, damp wood termites, and dry wood termites are three common types you may come across in your home.
Be On The Lookout
The signs that termites have invaded your home are hard to spot. Termites and their network of tunnels are often hidden from view under floors, in crawl spaces, inside walls, or underground. The best method for detecting and preventing termites is through annual professional inspections. But you can also be on the lookout for signs of termites in your home.
How To Spot A Termite Infestation
What are the signs of a termite infestation?
- Frass, or sawdust-like particles in piles
Once termites have eaten wood, it comes out the other end as frass. Frass is essentially termite poop, and it comes in an unusual color and consistency. Frass looks like sawdust particles. If you have termites, piles of frass will be located near where termites are tunneling through the wood.
- Tight-fitting doors and windows
Termite frass and tunnels will eventually block air circulation causing your wood to expand with moisture. Do your doors and windows seem to fit tighter than usual? You may have termites.
- Spotting swarmers or shed wings
Swarmers are termites that have left their colony to find new mates and start new colonies. In spring and summer, they take off for unchartered territories, which may be your home. Swarmers don’t commonly roam far to find a mate. So, if you are finding shed wings and swatting winged termites out of the air, you might want to call the professionals.
If you do see signs of termites, don’t waste time or money on DIY termite treatments. To halt a termite invasion, the termites need to be annihilated entirely. DIY efforts and store-bought chemicals can be ineffective and possibly dangerous to the pets and children in your home. Save the stress and call the pros right away. Ennis Exterminating will help you take care of your termite problem and ensure future defenses against termite infestation.