Termites, Types in Houston, And How They Can Cost You Big!
Do you know what one of the biggest enemies of your home is? I’ll give you a clue. The answer isn’t burglars. It is in fact termites, and if you don’t keep an eye out, they can end up doing severe damage to your home and furniture. In recent years, the amount of termites living in America has shot up, and if you were aware of the damage that they are causing every single day you would be shocked. According to recent estimates by the National Pest Management Assoc, the amount of damage caused by termites every year, in America alone, is over five billion dollars.
What Do Termites Look Like?
As you are probably aware, termites are small white ants types which are often found in groups. Their main food is wood. There are two
distinct species living in Houston at the moment, Subterranean Termites and Dry Wood Termites. Both of them can cause as much damage as one another, and either species residing in your home should be an immediate cause for concern. Termites often live in huge groups, which contribute to the amount of damage that they can cause. Once the small termites grow up, they will leave where they born and form a new colony, which means that the invasion of termites can get out of control pretty quickly.
Termites Need Water
Termites also need to drink. They get the majority of their waster either from wet wood or in the soil. You should therefore keep an eye out for hollow mud tubes. This is a tell-tale sign that termites are in the area. Another sign you should on the lookout for is painted furniture begin to flake and excrement around wooden furniture. If you are noticing flaked paint on furniture or your doors then take a little look underneath, you may see that a whole family of termites has begun to make its presence known.
Drywood Termites and Your New Home
It is important that if you are purchasing a new house that it has been completely inspected for termites, may even make their home in fencing or dead trees. If any problems do arise then it is vital that you get in touch with a trained termite pest control technician as soon as possible to help you out. If you don’t, you run the risk of severe structural damage.
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The last sign you will notice is huge swarms of termites in your home, often on the walls or even on the ceiling. It could be quite a shocking sight for you, but it does indicate that something needs to be done sooner rather than later. Swarms of termites are one of the earliest signs that you may be subject to a termite infestation in your home. You can spot swarms by looking out for tiny passages into wood or soil. They drill slowly into this and tighten themselves up. The wood will then become a source of food for the termite whilst they are in this small whole.
The spring or autumn is a highly active time for termites. During this time they will burrow into the wood in order to reproduce. During this time, the number of termites can soar drastically. Often you may be able to smell a mildew-type smell around the world, a sure sign that termites are at work. Termite prevention is key.