Of all the insects that can get into your home, termites have the potential to be the most destructive. While these pests may be tiny, they hit the U.S. for billions of dollars in damages every single year. If you would like to keep your home from being part of that statistic, it is important to recognize this problem when you see it.
What do termites look like?
You are not likely to see an actual termite. These creatures live entirely inside the wood they are consuming, and do not prefer to be exposed to the drying effects of the air or sun. But, if you happen to be removing a wall in your home, you may see them. You may see a whole ton of them. They'll look like tiny pieces of rice...with legs. They will either be light pale in coloring or have some tints of orange in them. If you open up a wall that holds the core of a termite colony, you may even see the queen. She'll look like a slimy loaf of uncut bread, or sort of a bloated, bulbous, slug. Hopefully, you weren't eating when you read that description.
What signs do termites give?
The most common and destructive termite you'll find in your home is the subterranean termite. This termite comes up from the soil to eat your home. When they do, they will often build mud tubes on your foundation walls. These tubes, which can be as thin as a pencil, are likely to be your only sign of termites until it is too late. Most often, it isn't until termite swarmers start appearing inside and outside of a home that the problem is discovered. But, by then it is too late to stop the damage.
What should I know most about termites?
Termite swarms don't last long or travel far. If you hear of someone in your neighborhood fighting termites, you should know that your home is at much greater risk. Subterranean termites can travel underground the length of a football field to find food, and once they find it, only a portion of workers will dedicate themselves to bringing that food back to the colony. Many will continue to search for new food sources. So, while they're eating your neighbor's home, they can be eating your house as well.
At Witt Pest Management, we use bait stations, which contain a bait that is scientifically proven to be preferable to termites than wood, to get workers to bring poison back into their colonies, and kill their queen. And, since workers are always looking for food, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long, we are confident that they will find the bait.
Don't wait until termites have already damaged your home. Get proactive termite protection with Witt Pest Management and the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System.