Most people take the day off on New Year's Day, but some don't. The majority of Americans try to rest at least one day a week, for the rest of the year, but not everyone. There are some that love working so much that they never take a day off. Ever. From the time they are able to labor, they work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year, every year--until they die. And you think you never get a break!
This, being a pest blog, you may have already guessed that we are talking about termites. In this article, we'd like to share with you some interesting facts about these wood-eating creatures, and then give you some ideas on how to keep them out of your home, or get them out if they've already invaded. We'll list some termite signs, give you exclusion tips, and show you how you can protect your home 365 days a year.
Warning signs of a termite infestation:
If you are seeing any of the following in or near your home, it is time to call a professional pest control company:
Swarms of winged termites around door or window frames.Piles of fecal pellets that look like sawdust.
Very small holes in wood used by termites to get rid of fecal pellets.
Mud tubes on your foundation walls that termites use to get from their nest in the ground to the wood in your home.
Damaged wood, or sloping floors.
Some things you can do to discourage termites from invading:
Excluding termites starts with maintaining the exterior of your home.
Remove any wet or rotted wood from around your house. Termites are drawn to this.
Trim back all bushes and tree limbs from your home.
Avoid excess moisture near your home. Fix leaky water hoses or pipes.
Store firewood away from your house and up off the ground.
Using a caulking gun, seal all gaps and cracks in your foundation or exterior walls.
Create a border, at least 16 inches wide, of stones or gravel around your home.
Contact a pest control company and ask about termite treatment.
What to do when the invasion has already happened:
If you're noticing the signs of a termite infestation, we can help. Here at McCall Service, we have been helping Savannah, Georgia homes be bug-free since 1928. We offer a number of services, including general pest control, bed bug treatments, mosquito remediation, wildlife management, lawn care, fuel oil distribution, and yes, the most advance termite treatments available in the industry. Don't let the pests that never stop working disturb your peace of mind. Contact us today, and rest easy. We'll give those wicked creatures the rest THEY deserve.