Termites are an invasive pest and can be problematic to exterminate. They feed mainly on cellulose, which is prevalent in wood. It is for this reason that termite infestations will mostly occur on structures and items that are made of wood or wood products. These can range from furniture to beams and supports used throughout the structure of the property. Termites have even been known to attack books in some cases. The result in cases of an infestation is extensive damage, which can necessitate
costly repairs. This, if nothing else, is the main reason as to why it is imperative to watch out for termites as springtime comes along.
The first step in watching for termites is being aware of and identifying their habits. Termites are boring creatures. They will spend most, if not all, of their life cycles digging and tunnelling into and through the wood as they search for food sources and shelter. While awareness of this fact is undoubtedly useful, it makes it spotting an infestation more difficult. There are signs that you can keep a lookout for so that you will be able to identify a potential infestation. You should look for:
- Observing flying termites around your property. This is the most obvious sign and will be the first indication that there are termites around.
- Dry wood pellets that have accumulated in mounds. The termites often form these.
- Patterns on walls, on the furniture or around floorboards that look like mazes.
- Doors and windows will often begin to stick. These instances can be brought about by moisture that is produced as a result of the feeding habits if the termites.
- Hollow-sounding wooden boards or beams.
Once you have learned how to identify their presence, you must know where to look to find potential colonies. You must keep an eye on areas that would be ideal for the establishment of habitat, thus attracting the pests. Make sure to look at soil bridging, air-conditioning units and places where formwork has been erected using timber; among others. Spotting any creatures here may be vital to preventing a major infestation in future.
The most effective method in your arsenal as you watch out for termites is prevention. Take the time to treat vulnerable areas thoroughly so that you can deter any burrowing. You must also ensure that areas that are prone to damp and moisture are kept as dry as possible. Most of all, you must not ignore the signs. At the first hint of infestation, you must not hesitate to take swift action to prevent spread and mitigate any further damage.
If you are unsure about spotting and identifying the presence of termites on your property, you can always fall back on the professionals. It is, in fact, advisable to consult one regardless of your confidence in your pest control skills. A specialist will be able to carry out an in-depth pest inspection where they will make use of their expertise and experience to detect problem areas and colonies.
A pest control service will also be instrumental in working with you to set out a comprehensive and effective termite control plan, so you are better equipped to remain free of termites throughout the season. Ultimately, the use of all tools available at your disposal will only be advantageous.