Unlike a lot of the pests that can make their way into your home, termites can quite literally bring the house down. Termites are known as the silent destroyers. They can chew through wallpaper and wood. Because termites eat wood from the inside out, they can cause structural damage that typically goes unnoticed until it is extreme. Unfortunately, many insurance carriers don’t cover termite damage done by termites. That is why prevention is so important.
Do I Have Termites?
As mentioned above, termites typically eat their way from the inside out. Before you see the damage they have done, chances are you can hear it. Tap on wood to see if it sounds hollow where it used to be solid.
Check for discarded wings that resemble fish scales. Winged termites shed their wings after fertilization and as they go to form new colonies or are about to nest. A heap of discarded wings is an easy way to spot a nearby colony of termites.
Another clear sign is mud tubes. Mud tubes are small tunnels made of mud that termites travel through. They are typically located on the outside of structures that termites have done their home.
Preventing Termites in Fresno
Remove wood or debris away from the outside of your home. Damp or damaged wood attracts termites. Wood has cellulose in it, which is a staple in the termite diet. Termites also like wooded areas that are humid because they are the perfect cocktail of the water and the cellulose diet they survive on. Fix any rotten or damaged wood as soon as possible around your home and property. Wood that has rotted is a welcoming home for termites.
- - Don’t keep firewood or other debris within 20 feet of the outside of your home
- - Remove standing water or leaky faucets as they can contribute to moisture and wood rot.
- - Replace rotten wood quickly
Remember that termites are social insects; if you see one you can assume that there more nearby. If you have noticed any of these signs contact a professional to inspect your home. Dustin Pest Control has been serving the termite pest control needs of the Fresno for over 50 years. Call us today to schedule your inspection.