Termite control is a simple process. It begins with routine inspections to detect termite activity. If termites are found, the threat must be evaluated, and this problem needs to be addressed with an appropriate response. This is what we'll be looking at today. Let's discuss how to spot signs of termites in your home and what you should do about them when you find them. As always, if you need immediate termite pest control in Plano, you can reach out to us through our contact page for assistance.
Easy-To-Spot Signs Of A Termite Infestation
The termites in Plano that cause the most significant threat to property are called subterranean termites. These insects live in the ground and go in and out of structures by way of the ground. This makes them incredibly sneaky. But, there are a few ways to easily spot these sneaky pests, such as:
Mud tubes - When termites attack wood sources that are above the ground, they create shelter tubes made of soil and saliva. You may find these tubes on your foundation, exterior walls, steps, and other structures.
Swarmers - When termites come into your yard, they may do so as flying reproductives. These reproductives are called swarmers because they gather together in a swarm during the mating process. If you see tiny insects with long white wings, they're likely to be termite swarmers.
Swarmer wings - When termite reproductives gather in a swarm, these swarms don't last long. A typical swarm lasts for 10 to 20 minutes. After this, they pair off and look for places to create nests. As they mate, they shed their wings. These wings may be found on the ground, on surfaces, and in spider webs on your property.
Worker termites - It is rare to see worker termites, but it is possible. If you pick up a dead branch in your yard and see tiny, pale insects disappear into the branch, you saw termites. A worker termite is about ⅛ of an inch long and looks like a fat ant.
Damage - It is rare to see termite damage early enough to correct the issue before the damage is extensive. We recommend looking in dark humid areas around and under your home. Crawl spaces are a notorious location to find termite damage and mud tubes.
While easy to spot, these signs can be subtle. The best way to detect a termite problem is to have a trained termite control professional perform an inspection.
How Quickly Termites Can Destroy A House
It is important to consider how quickly termites can destroy your home as this will influence how much of a response you will have to termites when you find active termites on your property. Subterranean termites aren't going to damage your home overnight. It is also likely that they won't do significant damage to your home in a year. The problem with termites is that they will slowly eat away at your home over the course of several years.
Colony populations and the number of colonies attacking your home at the same time will determine how much damage they can do. We can't say how quickly termites will destroy your house, all we can tell you for sure is that this is a problem that can surprise you with costly home repairs. It is far better to be proactive when it comes to the threat of termite damage.
Why DIY Termite Control Can Do More Harm Than Good
Another factor to consider is whether or not to meet this threat with DIY termite control. Can you do it yourself? Sure. Is it possible to purchase products that can get control of termites on your property or in your home? Yes. The problem isn't that residents don't have access to effective products. The issue is a matter of training. Certified termite control professionals use field-tested methods to install, monitor, and maintain termite control products.
These methods work to prevent the common issues that can arise and cause termite control products to fail. The worst possible outcome is to spend money on control products, do all the hard work of installing them, concern yourself with checking to see if the products are working, but then end up having termites damage your property anyway. This isn't the best way to get rid of termites or guard your home against termite damage.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of Termites On Your Plano Property
If you live in Plano, let the certified termite control professionals here at All-Safe Pest & Termite perform termite treatments or install termite protection around the structures on your property. We specialize in termite control, and our 5-star service team has the training and experience to make sure your property is protected. We also back our services with a termite service warranty. Learn more or begin service by reaching out to All-Safe Pest & Termite today!