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Termites are a notoriously destructive pest that destroys homes throughout the country. If you aren't aware of the warning signs of an infestation, these sneaky insects could feed on your home for a very long time before they are detected.

Fortunately, today's pest control methods are extremely effective, but it's important to catch an infestation as early as possible. Read on to learn more about termites, the damage they cause, and how All-Safe Pest & Termite keeps local homes pest-free.

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Why A Termite Infestation Can Go Unnoticed For A Long Time

Termites are known as "silent destroyers." They can enter your home without you being aware, especially if you are unfamiliar with the telltale signs of an infestation. These pests live within your walls, gradually eroding your wood and causing major structural damage. Many homeowners discover termite infestations by encountering a swarm. If a termite colony becomes filled to capacity, it will send out swarmers, or winged-termites, out to establish a new home. They'll try to make their way outside to find soil but will die if they don't get there in time. People typically find piles of dead bugs along with wings and body parts after a swarm has occurred.

There are several different types of termites, two of the most common being subterranean and drywood termites. Subterranean termites build mud tubes around your property so they can move around without being exposed to air. They range in color from milky white to dark brown. These voracious pests feed on moist or rotting wood 24 hours a day. Drywood termites prefer dry wood and cause just as much structural damage. They can be any color between white and light brown.

Signs Of Termites To Look For Around Your Property 

Knowing the signs of termites allows you to schedule termite removal services right away before any severe damage occurs. Here are several hints that you may have an infestation:

  • Wood that has a hollow sound when tapped

  • Excessively squeaky floors

  • Discoloration on drywall

  • Maze patterning on floors, furniture, or walls

  • Buckling floors, wooden or laminate

  • Loose floor tiles

  • Tiny holes in drywall

  • Damaged or crumbling wood

  • Stuck doors and windows

  • Mud tubes on your home's foundation

  • Wings on your floor from termite swarmers

  • Flying termites anywhere on your property

  • Small woodpiles or shavings (also known as termite frass)

Any evidence of termites shouldn't be taken lightly. If you encounter a number of the above signs, call an exterminator immediately.

The Extent Of Damage Termites Can Cause To Your Property

If left unaddressed, termite infestations destroy homes, resulting in serious structural damage to wood and expensive home renovation bills. Because they feed on anything made of wood, nothing is safe as these pests have an insatiable hunger. Subterranean termites are known to ruin foundations, which could lead to collapse. They also destroy laminate tile and ceilings and are known to consume other materials such as plaster and metal siding. Termites also invade carpets and eat away at furniture. Having an antique or heirloom piece ruined by termite damage can be devastating, as these items are often irreplaceable.

Most do-it-yourself termite control solutions fail, so it's best to leave things up to an expert. Average homeowners aren't trained in the techniques that eliminate infestations for good. While you might save money upfront, termites will continue to destroy your home if you don't do the job right.

Contact All-Safe For Total Termite Control For Your Property

The best way to get rid of termites is to rely on professional extermination services. All-Safe Pest & Termite is an expert in termite control. As a preferred provider of high-quality pest control in Sugar Land, we'll use a special termite baiting system to put an end to your current infestation and prevent future ones. During your initial service visit, a technician will perform a full inspection and administer treatment. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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