Being prepared in knowing how to spot a pest infestation could save you a lot of hassle down the line. Many pests leave behind little clues or signs that they are attempting to take over and cause structural damages, health risks, and a lot of unnecessary stress. Termites are one of the pests that you definitely want to learn how to spot due to their destructive nature and huge costs in damages. The pest control pros at McCall Service would like to share some tips with Tampa, Ocala, Gainesville, Jacksonville and Tallahassee residents on how to spot a termite infestation.
Subterranean termites live in colonies comprised of workers, soldiers, and reproductives. The workers are the wood destroying ones which you may not be able to spot if they are either in the soil or behind your walls. The soldiers stay and defend the colony so they are not likely to be out and about. However, the reproductives are the ones that could be great evidence of an infestation. The reproductive termites have wings and from January to May they are likely to be spotted swarming from the colony in order to find a mate and form a new colony. Although most do not make this journey, the swarmers serve as good evidence as to where the colony is if you can pay attention to where they are emerging from. Also, these winged termites are not going to cause any harm to you or your home despite the scare of them flying around by the hundreds and even thousands.
Mud tubes are another great clue that you have termite colony nearby. The subterranean termites who form their colonies in the soil, also construct tunnels in the mud to travel around. So if you are working on your landscaping and you happen to spot mud tubes, there is a good chance the termites have infested your property.
Wood damage is the final and more obvious sign of a termite infestation. The subterranean termites, unlike the drywood termites, will destroy any type of wood or wood by-products in your home. As the name suggests, drywood termites do not venture into moist or damp wood. Once you have noticed hollowed out limbs on your property, or even worse, baseboard and structural damage in your home, you can be sure that the termites have already racked up a repair bill.
So, if you have spotted any of the signs of a termite infestation in your home, the first thing to do is contact your Northern Florida pest control company. McCall Service will be able to inspect your home and identify the source of the termite colony, then use the most advanced methods of termite control to not only kill the existing termites, but prevent any new guys from getting on your property and near your home.