When Should I Get a Termite Treatment?
Termites are a serious concern for many homeowners. They can cause a lot of damage to your home. If you think you might have an infestation, it’s important to get a termite treatment as soon as possible.
During a termite inspection, a licensed technician will examine the exterior and interior of your home for signs of termites. The process usually takes about an hour. The technician will need access to all key areas of your home, including the attic, garage, basement, and crawl space. The inspection will look for subterranean and dry wood termite activity like shed wings, damaged wood, termite droppings, and mud tubes.
The technician will also inspect your foundation for signs of termites. This is an important part of the process because termites can enter your home through hidden cracks and crevices in your foundation.
If you’re unsure if your property is infested with termites, call an experienced pest control professional to conduct a termite inspection and give you a quote for treatment. If you are selling your home, a professional inspection will show potential buyers that your home is termite free and will help you secure the best possible price for your home.
Signs of a Termite Infestation
Unlike most other pests, termites are extremely difficult to detect and are often not visible until populations have grown large enough to produce visible damage. They are especially difficult to spot when a building is new, as they will not have any visible signs of an infestation until the population has grown and established itself in the structure.
A termite infestation can affect every aspect of your home. From the roof to the basement, these pests eat through the wood in your home and can even gnaw on your furniture and cupboards.
In addition, they can cause significant structural damage to your home and make it a very expensive project to repair. If you suspect a termite problem, call Budget Brothers to schedule an inspection today!
Termites build mud tubes to protect themselves from the elements when they travel underground. You can find these tubes behind shrubs, under porches, in the back of closets, under washing machines, and in other hidden spots.
You can identify a mud tube by its size, shape, and consistency. They range from thin, pencil-like tubes to thicker ice-shaped tubes that are built to resemble a tree trunk.
If you see pellet droppings near your house or in the crawl spaces, it is a good indicator of an active termite colony. The pellets look a little bit like sawdust and are a sign that you need to have your home inspected.
If you notice swarmers or their winged reproductives emerging near the home’s foundation, this is a clear sign that the building is infested with termites. These swarmers are reproductives that will mate and start new colonies within your home.
Swarmers are a common indication that the population of termites in your home is growing. They can also indicate that your home has been tented for termites and that the treatments have worn off or failed.