There’s nothing worse than the realization that you have been hosting termites who have been slowly feeding on the wood structures of your home. Many homeowners in Houston and surrounding areas of Texas have found that the humid conditions throughout the state can be perfect for hosting a colony of subterranean termites. Not only are termites capable of causing major structural damages, but they can go undetected for long periods of time. In order to protect your home and property from the damages of termites, it is important to learn how to identify potential termite infestations.
- Check your property for mud tunnels. Subterranean termites, which are the most common species of termite found in the area live underground. Their colonies are formed under the soil where it is moist and they can avoid the air and sunlight which will dry them out and kill them. In order to avoid this from occurring the termites will create a series of tunnels under the surface of the soil that they can travel through to get to their favorite food source: cellulose found most commonly in wood.
- Look for signs of a termite swarm. Usually in the early spring the reproductive termites who have wings are released from the colony in order to find a mate and form a new colony. This massive flight of termites can contain thousands so it creates pretty good evidence of a colony nearby. You will find remnants of wings that have fallen off as well as dead termites that did not survive the swarm.
- Check for wood damage inside your home. Perhaps the most common and yet hardest to identify sign of termites is the wood damage. Because they work from the inside out, it can be hard to notice that anything is happening behind the walls and other structures of your home. But you may begin to notice sagging windows and door frames, buckling wood, squishy floors or ceilings, and possibly small holes in wood.
If you have identified any of these signs of termites on your property or inside your home, contact Holder’s Pest Solutions right away! Offering effective termite solutions in Houston, homeowners do not have to suffer extensive termite damage. After an inspection by one of Holder’s experienced termite pest control pros you will finally be able to have the peace of mind that you are not sitting back while termites are feeding on your home.