We're heading into termite season again, and this year experts think it's going to be worse because of the mild winter we had. Now is definitely the time to start thinking about termite damage prevention. If you're curious about what you need to know to protect your property, we have you covered. Here are four things every Pittsburgh homeowner should know about termites.
1. Pittsburgh Is Home To The Worst Termites
The first step is understanding the problem. In the United States, the termite that causes the most damage (more than 10 times as much damage) is the subterranean termite. In our Pittsburgh area, the termite we battle most is the Eastern subterranean termite. If your home isn't protected, these insects can eat into your retirement savings by creating unexpected repair costs as you near the time when you want to relax and enjoy the investment you've made in your home.
2. The First Sign Of A Termite Infestation
You might think that damage is the first warning sign you'll get, but termites feed on the inside of wood. If you start seeing damage, it isn't likely to be chewed holes. It will be sinking floors, bulging walls, and dipping ceilings. This happens after many years of termite infestation. But long before you see this damage, you may find termite swarmers crawling on the outside of your home. These are tiny black insects with long white wings. When you see them, you should understand that swarmers are a warning that your home has a mature and active nest near it. If you see swarmers inside, the nest is likely to be within only a few feet of your home, or possibly inside a wall void.
3. Prevention Is More Important Than Inspection
Subterranean termites can tunnel into your yard, come up from the ground, and feed on your home for years without giving you any signs. It is important that you understand how they can do this and what you need to do to prevent it.
If you have wood on your home that touches that ground, subterranean termite workers can enter into your home without creating mud tubes that can warn you of their presence. Address any areas where wood touches the soil to prevent this from occurring.
If termite swarmers get into a crawl space under a home, they can establish a nest in the soil and severely infest the structure. You can prevent this by encapsulating the crawl space under your home.
In rare cases, Eastern subterranean termite swarmers can get into a void within a home and establish a nest. It is important to seal entry points in your foundation walls and exterior walls. Not only will you be keeping termites out, you'll be keeping a whole host of other pests out as well.
4. Termite Control
There is only one way to ensure your home has 100 percent protection from termite damage: professional termite control service. Why? Because these services are performed by licensed professionals, utilizing state-of-the-art termite control products, and they are backed by a warranty. When you invest in professional termite control, you won't be surprised by termite damage costs as you enter into retirement. Financial experts say it is better to put a line item in your budget for termite protection rather than let these insects damage your home.
Do you live in Pittsburgh?
If you do, remember that Witt Pest Management is always available to assist you with all of your pest control needs, including termite protection. Connect with us today and get your protection in place. It is one of the best investments you'll ever make for your property, and for your health.