It's October. Should you still be worried about termites? The unfortunate answer is, yes. Swarms typically happen in springtime, and are a concern for many Florida homeowners, but subterranean termites can be seen swarming in October as well. There are many reports, from all over the state. I'm sure we don't have to tell you that these insects are nothing to mess around with. They cost homeowners around 5 billion dollars, annually. And, for some, the damage is unfixable. If you suspect you have a swarm of termites near your home, call a professional immediately.
How do I tell if a termite swarm has come to my home?
The obvious answer is not as obvious as you might think. Many people mistake termites for flying ants. And, this is actually easy to do. But if you look closely, the termite does not have three distinct body parts, like the ant. It is more pill shaped--if you were to stretch a pill to twice its length.
If you see a swarm at night, and can't get a good look at an individual bug, you can get a clue that it is a termite swarm if they swarm around lights. Termites are attracted to light.
If you missed the swarm, you can sometimes tell that a swarm has come, because you'll find wings laying on the ground around your house and on your window sills. Don't make the mistake of thinking those wings fell off another kind of insect. Have your home checked, to be safe.
How will I know if I'm infested?
Most homeowners don't realize they're infested until the damage is already done. But there are a few ways you can check, before your home starts to sag.
Peel back areas of mulch around the perimeter of your house, and look for termites. They will be crawling around in large quantities, and hard to miss.
Look behind any loose boards on your home, and check for tunnels in the wood.
Check for vein-like mud tunnels on the outside of your foundation. Termites like to stay protected when they travel from the soil outside, to inside your wall voids.
Look for chew damage on your fence, patio, or garage.
Examine nooks and crannies for saw dust.
Hire a professional to do an inspection.
Don't start cutting into your walls on a witch hunt. Just mark areas you suspect termites are feasting, and give us a call. We'll do the rest. McCall can monitor and protect your home year round, and eradicate any termite threat safe and efficiently, using the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System. Call today to learn more.