Termite Damage: How To Spot The Signs
One of the most damaging forces to your home may not be severe weather or a fire, but could be crawling around inside the walls. Termites cause thousands of dollars in structural damage to Marietta homes each year. Most homeowner have no it’s idea it’s happening until it’s too late. If you haven’t had an inspection recently from a Marietta pest control company like us at PCS Pest Control Solutions then it’s worth every penny of your investment. The following list are sure signs of termite invasion.
- It Looks Like Mud
The presence of pasty material that lines the inner walls in a vein-like pattern. You will rarely notice these pattern on the outside of your walls. Although termites eat wood, they rarely penetrate or eat drywall all the way through.
- Presence Of Additional Wood
Termites may excavate the wood so that only a very thin layer of wood is left on the surface of the cavity and the outside. soil, feces, and saliva. A thin layer of wood covers the surface of the wood and is lying around the base. The thin layer is then penetrate and protected with mud-like material that is a combination of oil, excrement, and saliva.
- Is It An Ant Farm?
The appearance of a swarm of what looks like winged ants close to the lighted areas, generally indicates there is a nest nearby. Winged termites are adult termites that prepare the next through mass reproduction. Swarms of colonies generally grow at an accelerated rate during the springtime. Once swarms hit then destruction becomes widespread and generally happens in a relatively short period of time. Swarm activity is generally at its peak during the daylight hours both inside and outside your home. One of the most common mistakes of homeowners is in differentiating between termites and ants. Although they are similar, there are some distinct features that a Marietta termite control professional can look for.
Termites generally have their base in the ground and build mud tubes that are easily distinguishable from ant mounds which look more like fine dirt. These tubes are roughly the width of a pencil and they connect the nest to the wooden frame of your home. If you discover mud tubes around the base of your home or underneath, then it’s a sure sign that termites are present. The insects may reach sills and other wood members through cracks or voids in the foundation wall, under the outside stucco, or from earth-filled porches, steps, terraces, or patios. You can bust open tubes to discover if the termites are still active.
- Other Signs of Infestation
There are numerous additional signs of termite infestation. For instance, piles of wings are an indicator of termite swarm growth and development. Full grown termite adults are 1/2″ long, have wings and colored black or brown. Worker termites are smaller and buried deep inside the homes wooden frame. If you notice buckling paint or tiny holes on the frame, then it’s a safe bet of an infestation of some kind. Damage, chipped, and deteriorated wood may appear weakened at the joints. If you are unsure about the stability of the wood, then simply tap around the surface. If the wood sounds hollow, then there may be termites eating away on the inside.