Do Not Let Termites Eat You Out of House and Home
During the cold winter months, most people eagerly wait for the warmth of spring. Now that spring is over—the weather is nice and sunny and warm—you have to consider one thing. Termites. Termites love the warm weather. Take care of termites, before they eat you out of house and home.
What are Termites?
In the simplest of definitions, a termite is a member of the insect family that feeds off of wood. Termites are known to first make their appearance at the onset of the spring season, when the weather outside is warming up. Ranging in colors—from white or a very dull yellow, to reddish brown, and even black—these pesky little critters can often be mistaken for ants, as their body structure is very similar. Termites have wings…that is until they find a good place to settle down. Then, they shed these wings, and begin to instantly start eating the wood they have found. Termites, like most other insects, have six legs. Termites are a very prominent member of the pest population. One statistic found that the total weight of the termite population in the world today is more than the total weight of the human population. When one sees this fact, it is quite disturbing.
The Damage They Do
Termites are pests that love to feed on wood. This means that any wood surface or structure in your home may very well be at risk. The harsh reality is that termites are responsible for a great deal of damage. They cause up to five billions dollars in damage, each and every year. This is more than the cost of damage brought on by fires hurricanes and flooding, combined.
Termites are social insects. If one is in your home you can be sure that there are many more as well. Termites can be subcategorized into four different sets. You have damp wood termites, dry wood termites, Formosan termites, and subterranean termites. These pests exist in all locations, meaning that you are never free from the risk of termite infestation.
What to Look For
The first thing that you will likely notice, if you have a termite infestation, are the mud tubes that they create. Mud tubes are a sure sign that you have a termite problem. Also, look for damage to wood, such as holes, or places where wood looks like it has rotted away. Wood that looks powdery may also be an indication of termites.
Take Care of The Problem
If you think you have a termite problem, you should not wait to get it taken care of. The problem will not go away on its own. Rather, the longer termites are left alone, the more damage they will cause. Termites are a pest that you should not try to get rid of on your own. They can be hard to eliminate. Therefore, it is crucial that you call your local professional exterminator, and get the problem dealt with professionally. Don’t let termites continue to damage your home. Take care of the problem now.