How to tell if you have termites in your Marietta home.
Termites can cause a lot of damage without you ever knowing they’re there. Termites don’t leave a lot of evidence of their presence aside from the damage they do. And because they invade from underground, you’ll often have no idea they’re present until you see that they’ve been chowing down on your patio for years. Termites are one of the most common destructive pets in the US, causing $5 billion of damage each year. So if you don’t watch for them, they’ll likely to some damage to your home.
If you want to keep termites from doing too much, an annual inspection of your property by a Marietta pest control professional can ensure you’re not infested. If you are infested, there’s not much you can do on your own, and will be forced to seek a professional for help.
Calling a professional is always your best bet when you’re unsure about an infestation, but watching out for some signs couldn’t hurt either. Remember, not seeing these signs doesn’t guarantee you don’t have termites.
Termites build tunnels to travel around in. They’ll typically make these in your walls where they’re safe. If you notice tunnels in your walls’ interiors, there’s a good chance termites have been around.
Swarming for reproduction.
This usually occurs during the early Spring. A large amount of termites will come up out of the floors to try and pair up with one another for reproduction. It can be easy to miss the actual swarm, but you’re likely to find stray wings on the floor.
This may seem obvious, but wood damage is a good identifier of termites. If you break open a piece of wood and it’s carved out or hollow, it’s very likely that termites are to blame.
Piles of sand?
If you can’t account for what seems to be a pile of coarse sand home, it just may be the fecal pellets of termites starting to come out of the wood in your home.
If you repeatedly find stray insect wings on window sills or in other parts of your home, you might be able to blame them on termites. And, of course, if you see any flying termites in your home, they’re not alone.
Termite control is not a DIY project. Termites also need to be dealt with as soon as possible. The damage can be devastating, so if you suspect your home has a termite infestation, call a Marietta pest control professional for at least an inspection. We can help you with regular home checkups and preventative maintenance. So you won’t have to ever worry about termite problems again.