How should you go about looking for termites? Here are a few tips to get you started so that you know what to look for.
Subterranean Termites are a huge problem across the United States, and the high humidity of our coastal area makes it a particularly attractive home for subterranean termites, who build colonies in the soil. Not only do these critters eat continuously, but they often go undetected for months or years. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cost Americans more than $5 billion in annual damage. Local homeowners should be concerned about potential termite damage and know the signs.
How do you know if you have termites?
Look for Swarms
Termites are most visible in the spring, although they are active all year. “Swarmers” are seen in the spring, when reproductive termites come out of the ground to mate and create new termite colonies. This is the easiest time of year to spot termites – so if you see flying insects or “discarded wings” call a termite specialist.
Tap your trim!
Does it sound hollow? Termites could be damaging your wood from the inside out. Since termites prefer humid, dark spaces, they could be hiding. If your wood sounds hollow when tapped, you could have a problem. Get it checked out!
Check for mud tubes on your foundation.
Subterranean termites like to build little tunnels on the outside of walls so that they can stay damp while they look for food. If you see them, you may have a problem.
What can you do to prevent termites?
- Do not store firewood near your house’s foundation.
- It can create moisture and termites love to live in firewood. Then they can take a short walk to your house. Be careful when mulching near the house, for the same reason.
- Clean your gutters & downspouts to give termites one less food source.
- If you already suspect that you have termites or see signs of termite damage, call a professional. Protect your biggest investment!