Termites, the unseen menace

Termites are an unseen menace to our homes. Often, by the time we know they have invaded, it’s too late, and the structural damage has been done. However, by keeping a sharp eye out you can detect them early on. Here are some things that often betray their presence.

How to detect a termite invasion

  • A swarm of insects around your home or lawn.
  • Any wood in your home that sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Mud tubes on exterior walls, on beams or in basements.
  • Bubbled paint, this can be caused by termite droppings.
  • Wings that have been shed by swarming termites around your home.

Ways to prevent a termite invasion

  • Keep wood piles away from the foundation of the house.
  • Keep stumps and debris clear from your property.
  • Repair any damage to decks or fences, leaving no rotted wood exposed.
  • Keep any wood of your home away from soil.
  • Remove water sources.
  • Repair leaking faucets, hoses or AC units.
  • Remove excess mulch from around the foundation of your home.
  • Make sure there is no standing water on your roof.

Once termites have decided to make your home their home, it is often very difficult to eradicate them. The most effective way is to hire a pest control professional.

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