Rome wasn’t built in a day, but a colony of termites can cause significant damage in that amount of time. Effective and cheap pest control starts with early detection followed by expert intervention done by pros.
Even if seeing termite images is enough to give you the heebeegeebees, pest inspection should be done regularly. Remember that your termite treatment cost will always be bigger than your termite inspection cost.
Here’s how you can tell if you have termites and some tips for advanced pest control.
Telltale Signs You Have Termites
- Flying termites. You can tell that you have a serious infestation if you see flying termites or discarded wings. Termites fly out of their nest to make baby termites and create new colonies.
- Sounds coming from the wall. Soldier termites bang their heads or shake their bodies as some sort of signal. They are also noisy eaters.
- White ants termites. There is no such thing as a white ant. If you see a white ant; that’s a termite.
- Hollow wood. Drywood termites eat the wood from the inside. When you knock on the wood and it gives off a hollow or papery sound; that means the inside has been consumed. You can also check if you press into the wood and your finger goes through.
- Hard-to-open. Termites produce moisture when they eat and that moisture causes the wood to stiffen and warp.
- Wood tunnels. Tunnels in wood are hard to see. If you see tunnels in a broken-off piece of wood; you have termites.
- Termite poo. A dark powdery substance and small black markings near your walls or wood could be frass or termite poo.
Best Pest Control Tips
A termite infestation is distressing. Termite chemicals may be available to any homeowner. However, the best way to get rid of these little pests is to call in the big guns.
- DIY treatments are ineffective, especially, for long-term prevention.
- Specialised training is required to thoroughly inspect, identify, and treat termite infestations.
- Professionals will make sure treatments are safely applied.
Every year, termites cause very costly damage. If you notice any of the signs listed above, contact pest control professionals to safely and effectively exterminate the pests and keep them from coming back.