With winter coming, people expect a decline in threats of pest invasions within their homes. But, unfortunately, with the right weather conditions, termites can stay active year-round. It’s rare for new invasions to happen during the colder months, but if termites have made it in, these are the months they’ll spend growing their colonies. They build nests underground, which allow them to escape the cool weather. Termites are not a pest to put off. An infestation gone on too long can cause irreversible damage that’s both devastating and costly, not to mention dangerous! Therefore, it’s important for homeowners in Pittsburgh to be aware of termite signs and the threats they pose.
An estimate of five billion dollars is what termites cost United States home and business owners every year. It may be hard to imagine that something as small as a termite can produce billions of dollars worth of damage, but the jaws of termites are incredibly strong. They will bite off chunks of wood continuously with no problem. Since they eat wood, the structure of homes provides an abundant food source for these pests to feast on. Picture an entire colony, with hundreds of thousands, or even one million termites, taking chunk by chunk out of the wooden structure of your home, continuously. Left alone, termites have been known to cause the collapse of an entire building.
Being that these pests are so serious, it’s important to be on the lookout for their signs. Often times, the signs are missed and the damage goes on until it’s severe enough to be noticed. If you are noticing signs, it’s important to contact a pest control company immediately. They can inspect and assess the damage that’s been done as well as eliminate the infestation. Signs to watch out for are cracks in your walls, sagging ceilings, and spongy floors. If you notice any part of your home feeling less stable, it’s definitely time to contact a professional Pittsburgh exterminator. Termites will also create cracks and tunnels in framing, beams rafters, and other wooden materials of your home. Mud tunnels around your foundation are a telltale sign of termites that shouldn’t be ignored. Even if you aren’t seeing the signs in your home, signs outdoors may indicate they could or will move indoors. Try breaking a piece of rotting or damaged wood in your yard to check for termite activity inside.
If you’re worried about termites infesting your home, you must reach out to a trained professional. Trying to control termites on your own is likely to do more damage than good. At Witt Pest Management, we use the Sentricon® System with Always Active™. Sentricon® with Always Active™ is the most advanced termite baiting system to date. It will eliminate current infestations, and prevent new ones, without putting chemicals into the ground. It’s environmentally friendly and won’t harm you or your pets. Sentricon® with Always Active™ devices (which hold bait) are placed around your home. The device works to kill the worker termites of the colony, which the colony relies on to survive. This ultimately will wipe out the entire colony. Give us a call today to learn more about our termite control options.