In our Dallas service area, we have the most destructive termites in the United States. They're called subterranean termites. These insects live almost exclusively inside the ground and inside the tunnels they make in wood. Studies have shown that this type of termites can devour the interior of a home without showing any noticeable signs of infestation on the outside. It is often only when termite damage starts to cause walls to bulge, floors to dip, and ceilings to sink, that homeowners realize they have an infestation. That is why it is so important to be proactive about termite detection and control in Dallas. Today, we're looking at a few of the subtle signs you should be on the lookout for, so these termites don't take you by surprise. And we're offering insight into what is the best way to protect your home investment from termite infestation.
Subtle Signs That Are Sometimes Detectable
Subterranean termites are incredibly sneaky. Worker termites have a strong aversion to light and they avoid exposure to the dry air. This keeps them well hidden, most of the time. Here are a few possible exceptions.
Swarmers — Winged termites do not have an aversion to light. In fact, they're drawn to it. When termites develop into alates (termites with wings) they work their way up out of the nest, through the tunnels toward the light. If they emerge inside your home, you're likely to notice them. Unfortunately, most of the time they will find their way outside. When they do, you probably won't notice them because swarms don't last for more than about 30 minutes. Swarmers can emerge, swarm around together, and be gone before you get back from eating out at a fast-food restaurant.
Wings — When swarmers mate, they shed their wings. If a swarm happens while you're gone, you may come back to find tiny white wings on your window sills or on structures outside. These wings are tiny and light. It doesn't take much of a breeze to blow them away. So this sign can be very subtle.
Shelter Tubes — When worker termites go from the soil to the wood of your home, they build shelter tubes up hard surfaces. This is because they can't eat their way through concrete, bricks, and other hard building materials. If they do this on the outside of your foundation walls or on interior walls, you may be able to see them. Keep in mind that outside shelter tubes are likely to be hidden. Remember, those termites don't like the light. This leads them to create tubes under decks, porches, patios, stairs and inside crawl spaces. They also create tubes in hidden places on the interior of a home, such as the backs of closets, inside wall voids and in the void underneath jetted tubs.
The Best Way To Detect Sneaky Termites
It can be difficult to detect termites, even for some pest control professionals. Termite specialists, like All-Safe Pest & Termite, use state-of-the-art technology to detect heat patterns in walls, floors, and roofs. These devices help our team provide accurate termite inspections and give our customers the greatest protection.
The Best Way To Control Sneaky Termites
In the last two decades, a new termite control solution has taken the industry by storm. It has matured in the Sentricon® System with Always Active™, a powerful termite detection and colony elimination system. When you have Sentricon® with Always Active™ around your Dallas home, your home will have 24-hour protection, 365 days a year.
If termites are found inside your home, we provide termite control with Termidor, the #1 termite defense product in America. Treatments of Termidor® provide 100% control of infesting termites within three months and can also provide ongoing termite protection.
Subterranean termites are a serious threat in Dallas. At All-Safe Pest & Termite, we give you options to protect your property from devastating termite damage. We know that one size doesn't fit all. Reach out to us today and schedule a visit with one of our termite control specialists. We'll guide you toward the solution that is right for your specific needs and budget. Don't trust your home investment to anything less than the best.