At Lenny’s Pest Control, we’re all about offering you the home protection that matters! We have years of experience and we understand what’s going on in and around your home. We have tackled just about every pest, bug and rodent there is out there and we’ve explored the options and have discovered what works and what doesn’t! This time of year we want to stress the importance of Termite Protection and Prevention. The amount of damage that termites can do to a home is devastating but it doesn’t have to happen – we can prevent it. Below is some information we found that we believe you will find useful in knowing what to look out for.
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A termite feeds mostly on wood, but can also get into paper, books, insulation, and other areas of the home. Termites can harm living trees, but they more commonly attack woody plants that are already in decline. Besides the obvious economic damage it causes, an infestation can also be a significant emotional strain. For this reason, termite control is essential. And since it is so complex and difficult a task, getting to these pests and eradicating them from a home is normally a task best left to trained experts in the field.
Did you know that termites start colonies in the Spring?
While a termite infestation can happen at any time during the year, colonies often gather in the spring, when the weather is getting warmer and there is plenty of rain. It is during this season that the largest numbers of these winged swarmers get into homes. If you find a winged termite inside your home, it’s usually a sign of an infestation and time to call Lenny for termite control services. Those you might find that have emerged indoors are best dealt with by simply vacuuming them up. However, it is the ones feeding on the structure of your home that you really have to worry about.
Between the months of March and May especially, these swarmers tend to drop to the ground, pair off with a mate, and attempt to start a new colony in the soil. Relatively few of them emerging outdoors end up surviving. Swarmers that emerge indoors are equally unlikely to survive; even so, their presence points to trouble elsewhere in and around the home. To get the situation under control, you first need to know where they are getting in. And then you have to figure out how to control them or get rid of the colony. The complexity of the job calls for a termite control professional.
How will I know if my home is infested? One of the most visible indicators of a termite problem is pencil-wide mud foraging tubes extending over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, floor joists, headers and subfloors. Termites construct these “shelter tubes” from particles of soil as they travel between their underground colonies and the structure. Termite-damaged wood is usually hollowed out along the grain, with bits of dried mud or soil lining the feeding galleries. Wood damaged by moisture or other types of insects (e.g. carpenter ants) will not have this appearance.
There will often be no sign of the termites themselves-small, creamy-white insects with an “ant-like” appearance. An infestation can go undetected for years, hidden behind drywall, paneling, floor coverings, insulation or other obstructions. Termite feeding can even progress undetected in wood that is exposed, because the outer surface is usually left intact. Detecting an infestation often requires the trained eye of a professional inspector. However, even the most experienced inspector can overlook damage that is hidden.
Another visible sign of infestation is the presence of winged termites emerging indoors or from the building exterior. Termite swarmers have a dark body and are attracted to light and may be seen around windows, doors and light fixtures. They can be differentiated from winged ants by their straight antennae, uniform waist and wings of equal size. Ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists and forewings that are longer that the hind wings.
Will the swarmers emerging indoors damage my house? No. In nature, termites swarm to disperse and start new colonies. At certain times of the year, especially on warm days after a rain, winged “reproductives” emerge from the colony and fly into the air. The swarmers then drop to the ground, pair off with a mate and attempt to begin a new colony in the soil. Very few swarmers emerging outdoors survive to initiate new colonies. Termite swarmers emerging inside a structure almost never survive, but indicate that an infestation is present. The swarmer termites and their shed wings can be removed with a vacuum cleaner. Swarmers emerging from tree stumps, wood piles and other outdoor locations away from the house are not necessarily cause for concern, and do not mean that the building is infested.
Can I treat the house myself? Ridding a home of termites requires extensive knowledge of building construction and understanding of where termites are likely to enter. Many of these potential entry points are hidden and difficult to access. Termite control also requires specialized training in the installation of an interception and/or baiting systems as well as the proper use of supplemental treatments that may be employed, such as liquid chemical barriers, foams and wood protectants. Given the substantial financial investment of one’s home, termite treatment is a job for professionals. We’re here to help you make sure you home is safe from termites so feel free to give us a call and schedule an inspection.
What about Termite Bait Systems? Termite control can be done with liquids, termite bait systems, or both. Liquid Termite spray products are fast acting, can be applied closer to the infestation, and require less maintenance. Termite Bait Systems are less intrusive, no drilling or trenching is needed, no expensive equipment is required, and bait systems can help you identify a problem before the termites reach your home.
The best way to prevent and control termites is to pick up the phone and give us a call. Let the experts at Lenny’s Pest Control handle all your termite protection needs!
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