What To Do If You See Termites Around Your Bradenton Home

Bradenton pest control doesn’t have to be a constant back and forth battle against pests. Protecting yourself against termites should be preventative, so you never have to worry about surprise emergency home repairs or what an inspection could uncover when you decide to sell your home. Keep reading to learn more about the types of termites in Bradenton, how to look for termite damage, and what to do to protect yourself against them.

Drywood Termites Vs Subterranean Termites

many drywood termites damaging wood

These two species of termites differ not only in their individual appearance but in their behavior and the kind of damage they do. The kinds of termites you’re dealing with will determine the type and extent of damage you can expect, making accurate termite identification an essential step to deciding your treatment options.

Drywood termites build smaller colonies than subterranean termites, usually of up to only 2,500 members. The immature termites do the work of feeding the colony and doing the bulk of the damage before they reach adulthood. They vary in color from creamy white to light brown, can grow up to an inch long, and are long, narrow, oval shapes. As their names suggest, they prefer dry wood like untreated attic timbers.

Subterranean termites build massive colonies that are considered relatively small at around 60,000 members. There are several different castes inside the colony that determine what type of work the termites do. There is a king and a queen, the primary reproductives, and there are other “back-up” reproductives called alates.

Alates can grow to ½ an inch and have very dark brown or black bodies and wings. Workers are ¼ of an inch or less and have cream-colored bodies. The workers feed the colony and create the galleries. Finally, soldiers are wide and flat and have large mandibles. Their bodies are creamy white, though their heads are a darker brown. Soldiers defend the colony.

Search For Termite Damage

If you’re not sure which kinds of termites you’re dealing with, you’ll have to know where and how to look to find evidence of termite damage. To find a termite problem, start outside. First, how close is your soil to the wood siding of your home? Do you have soil touching your wooden deck, patio, doors, or windows? If not, look for tubes made of mud that extend from the soil to the wood.

Next, touch the wood. Is it soft? Does it feel hollow? If you’re really adventurous, you can take a screwdriver and pry it into the wood. If it splinters and comes apart easily, there is probably termite damage. On nearby windows and doors, do you notice any swelling? Are they difficult to open and close? These are all signs of subterranean termite damage.

Drywood termites and subterranean termites can exist in the same house, so don’t neglect to check for drywood termites, too. Focus your search on the eaves underneath your roof, patio furniture, wooden floors, drywall, or timbers in your attic. Do you notice very small holes? What about wings that have been discarded near these holes, on windowsills, or near the door? Do you notice piles of what looks like sawdust? These holes can also appear in drywall. Discoloration, peeling or bubbling paint, and galleries are also distinct signs of termite presence.

Schedule A Termite Inspection

If you’ve done your own inspection and think you’re in the clear, it would still be safe to schedule a termite inspection. Termites are small, excellent hiders who hardly ever make appearances outside of the wood, so it can be difficult to find evidence of them. During your termite inspection, your termite expert can also assist with termite identification, developing a treatment plan, and determining the extent of the damage you may have to repair.

Put A Termite Control Plan In Place

Even if you don’t have a termite problem, if you have a home, you are at risk of one. Don’t wait until you see evidence of termite damage to call someone. By the time you’re noticing softwood, you’ll already have accumulated damage in need of costly repairs. The best termite control is preventative.

To save your home from termites before they’ve even targeted you, or to get rid of termites fast, call Keller’s Pest Control. With thousands of satisfied customers and high customer satisfaction, we’re confident we can provide you with the individualized support that you need at a price you can afford. Keller’s Pest Control professionals are determined to provide guaranteed pest protection, backed by follow-up appointments and ongoing service. To request your free estimate, call Keller’s Pest Control, today.