Prepare for Termite Swarms in October

swarm of winged termites

Termite swarms can cause lots of damage to your Tallahassee property—and do so very quickly. In fact, termites cause over $5 billion in property damage annually in the United States. They do so by consuming the wood in your home, and in many cases they can cause irreparable damage before it’s obvious that you have a termite problem at all.

While termite swarms are most common in springtime, termites take advantage of Tallahassee’s warm temperatures and swarm even into the autumn months. But what do termite swarms even look like? How can you prevent them? And what kinds of Florida pest control options are there if you do encounter termites in your home? McCall Service has the answers.

How Can I Tell I Have Termites?

Termites have developed a deservedly ominous reputation, but termites themselves can be easily misidentified. At first glance, termites look very similar to ants—but there are two main differences between the two. Ants possess segmented bodies, but termites have elongated oval-shaped bodies with no segments. In addition, many termites possess wings and can fly.

To best identify termite swarms, listen for signs of termites and search for evidence of their existence.

Listen—Termites make clicking sounds and chewing sounds in the walls, and hollowed-out wood sounds differently when you knock on it.

Search—Be on the lookout for wings that have fallen from flying termites, as well as droppings (called frass) which look like black pepper pellets.

How to Prevent Termite Swarms in Tallahassee

It’s difficult to completely prevent termites on your own. However, there are a few easy ways to help minimize the threat of termite swarms entering your property. One such way is to ensure that any wood outside your home is far enough away from your walls. This means not stacking firewood against your home, for instance. Additionally, it’s important to make sure there are no water leaks in or around your home and that there is a gap between plants and dirt and exterior walls.

Pest Control for Termite Invasions

If you do have termites in your home, or if you want additional protection against termites in the first place, McCall Service provides effective and affordable termite control. From our Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System—a bait system designed to eliminate colonies, including the queen—to our liquid spray treatments, our experienced technicians can get rid of your termites with no drilling and no trenches.

Are you worried about termite damage? McCall Service provides the Florida pest control that you need for your termite infestation and can even help prevent future infestations. We’re committed to providing excellent service. Customer satisfaction is our highest priority, and we know that if you’ll contact us for your termite control, you won’t be disappointed. Get your free quote today!

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