Termites cause billions of dollars in damage to properties across the United States. While it is common to think of this damage in terms of damages to private homes, commercial properties are also targets for termite infestations. These silent destroyers could result in costly repairs for your business if you don’t take the proper precautions.
What Should I Look For?
Because termites like warm dark areas, they spend most of their time out of sight from the human eye. Eastern subterranean termites found in the Houston area make their homes underground and create tunnel systems to move about. You may find pencil sized mud tubes near food and moisture sources. It’s important to keep in mind the absence of these mud tunnels does not mean there are no termites present, as termites may find other methods of accessing food sources.
During the early spring and summer seasons, you may find termites swarming. This means termites are actively seeking out partners to start new colonies. If swarmers are found indoors or directly adjacent to your building, there is a good chance they have decided your building is a great place for their new home and you should immediately schedule an inspection. In addition to active swarms, you may find piles of wings shed from the swarm or even live termites, which again, when adjacent to or inside your building, are a good sign you may be at risk.
Termite damage is often not identified until considerable damage is done. This is largely due to the nature of their habits. Wood damage is often beneath the surface, so it may not be immediately apparent. Look for hollow sounding wood which would be a sign of termite tunneling. Any wood that appears crushed or rotted may also be a sign of termite infestation. If you find this wood, you should take a closer look for evidence of tunnels running parallel with the wood grain. You can also look for swollen floors and ceilings that appear to be suffering from water damage.
How Can I Protect Myself?
Whether you have found signs of termite infestation or it’s been too long since your last inspection, contact Holder’s Pest Solutions to schedule an inspection. Our specialists are state certified termite inspectors and will thoroughly inspect your property for termite damage. If any problem is found, they will provide immediate action to protect your building and property.
Holder’s Pest Solutions is also an authorized operator of the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System, an integrated termite baiting and monitoring system that can provide ongoing protection from termite infestations. This system gives you the power to both wipe out existing colonies and prevent new ones from coming in. Contact Holder’s Pest Solutions for this hassle-free, proven protection for your business and the people in it.