Here's How To Tell If Your Bradenton Home Has A Termite Problem
Five billion dollars. That’s how much Americans spend each year repairing the damage caused by termites. A single homeowner can pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars repairing the damage done by these pests.
The best way to protect your Bradenton home is to be on the alert. By taking the time to prevent termites and learning to spot the signs early on, you can avoid costly damage repairs.
In Bradenton, subterranean termites are the most common species of termite. Subterranean termites, as the name suggests, live in underground nests. They can’t survive in the open, so they build tunnels and mud tubes to travel between the nest and their food source.
Termites eat wood, so a termite infestation can easily lead to the destruction of the wooden structures that support your home. Since subterranean termites can’t survive in the open, it can be difficult to know whether they’re in your home. That also means it can be difficult to stop the damage before it’s too late.
Signs Of A Termite Problem
There are a few signs you can look for to know if your home might have termites.
- Swarmer termites. Swarmer termites are flying termites that emerge in order to mate and create new colonies. Any sighting of a flying termite is cause for worry, and you should seek help right away.
- Mud tubes. Mud tubes are thin tunnels made of mud that termites use to get around. If you spot mud tunnels around the foundation of your home, it could be a sign that subterranean termites are feeding behind your walls.
- Clicking sound. Termites are pretty quiet, but if they’re living in your walls you may hear soft clicking sounds. This could be the sound of them eating or moving around, and it should be cause for concern.
- Tight-fitting doors and windows. Once termites have begun to cause damage, one of the first signs is doors and windows that no longer open or close as easily as they once did.
- Drooping walls. Another sign of termite damage will become apparent as the structural integrity degrades. You may notice drooping ceilings, uneven floors, or bulging walls. Any of these are signs that you should check for termites.
How To Not Attract Termites
So what brings termites to your home? If you don’t see any of the above signs, is there something you can do to prevent termites before they come? Here are some factors that attract termites, and how to avoid them.
- Soil-to-wood contact. Subterranean termites look for places where they can build their underground nest near a food source. If you have food (wood) touching soil, it becomes an easy home for termites. To avoid this, make sure to clean your yard of debris and stack firewood far from the exterior of your home.
- Damaged wood. Termites also look for wood that is easiest to eat. They are especially attracted to damp or damaged wood, which is softer. Therefore, to prevent termites, you should repair damaged wood immediately, especially if there is water damage.
- Moisture. In addition to location and food availability, termites seek out moisture. If there is wood on the exterior of your home that touches the soil, make sure the soil remains dry, as damp earth will be even more attractive to termites. Use a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of moisture inside your home as well, especially in basements, crawl spaces, and attics.
Reliable Help For Termite Infestations
If you’ve seen any signs of termite activity, get in touch with Keller’s Pest Control. We can help confirm whether or not you have termites in your home. If you do, we have the tools and experience necessary to get them out once and for all. Our treatments are effective and fast, so you can avoid those thousands of dollars of damage repair.