A+ Pest Control knows that termites are a serious problem. We offer preventive treatments that protect your home from termite infestation or we can rid your home of a current one. A current termite infestation may need attention right away. They can cause home damage, sometimes in a relatively short amount of time. Unfortunately, with termites, “out of sight” should not mean “out of mind.” Termites are difficult to find if you don’t know what to look for, and even then, can be difficult to spot. A+ Pest Control has professional technicians trained to spot infestations of termites in and around your home. If you think you may have termites, give us a call to schedule a free termite inspection.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR DURING A TERMITE INSPECTION
When A+ Pest Control inspects your home for termites, you can be confident you have a knowledgeable termite professional in your home. Our termite professionals are trained to look for any visible signs of termites throughout your property. Signs include the following:
Mud Tubes: Mud tubes are one of the most obvious signs of termites. Most termites in the Huntsville area are subterranean, meaning they nest and live underground. Termites will create mud tubes that run up the side of a home or structure, or through the crawlspace to connect their nest to wooden food sources that previously man not have been in contact with the soil.
Damaged wood: Termites main food source is wood. If termites infest your home, they will eat the wood that was used to construct your home. Termite damage is often seen at the joints of wood, or in trim around windows. Termites eat tunnels through the wood parallel to the grain. Holes and cavities within a wall, crumbling baseboards, and jammed doors and windows could be signs of termites.
Piles of wings: Once a year, swarming termites will leave their colony to form a new one. When they find a suitable site for colonization they will shed their wings before entering the soil and beginning the next stage of their life cycle. If there is a termite colony in or around your home, there may be traces of wings in windows and near light sources.
Damaged drywall: Walls that are infested by termites may have small pin holes where termites have eaten through the paper coating of the drywall. There may also be faint ‘lines’ where they have tunneled beneath the paper coating. This may also cause paint to bubble or peel.
WHERE WE LOOK
We will inspect many aspects of your home looking for signs of termites or termite damage. We usually start our termite inspection by looking for mud tubes around your home. As we inspect the exterior of your home will look at wood piles and debris near the foundation, including tree stumps and other potential food sources. Then we inspect common termite ‘hot spots’ such as where the garage and home connect, where the front porch and home meet, or other areas concrete meets wood. Subterranean termites will usually enter your home from wooden elements of construction that are underground, so we will inspect crawl spaces or basements especially closely. As we inspect window sills and frames, support posts, sub floors, supporting piers, joists, and wooden decks or porches you may notice us tapping different areas with a knife or screwdriver. Wood that is damaged has a different sound or will be soft and can alert us to areas that need closer inspection.
Termites can remain hidden for years within walls and floors in your home. If you see signs of termite activity or are worried about an infestation, call us today for a free termite inspection or a protection plan. Regular termite inspections can find infestations before serious damage is caused. Our local company will take a personal approach to protecting your home from pest invaders.