Do you wish insects would just leave your home alone? You never want to see ants crawling across the floor again. Those cockroaches that keep appearing in the basement had better find a new place to live. Insects are gross and annoying, but thankfully, they are not that hard to get rid of if you rely on a professional pest control service. They can use the right combination of baits, traps, and sprays to get rid of the pesky insects. They'll leave your home alone just like you've always wanted. Read more in the articles to follow; we go into more detail.
Termites are some of the last bugs you want to find in your home. They're not just creepy and crawly. They actually destroy things — like your wooden support beams, furniture, and wooden floors. The weird thing about termites, though, is that you do not always see the bugs. This is not because they are tiny. Rather, it's because they are really good at hiding. If you know what to look for, though, you can detect a termite infestation pretty early. Here are four signs there might be termites in your home.
Coffee Ground-Like Droppings
The droppings created by termites look very similar to coffee grounds. They start out a dark brown, almost black, and they fade to a paler brown as they dry out. You might see these droppings along the baseboards, under windows, near support beams, and anywhere else the termites are living and feeding. After all, the droppings are basically digested, chewed-up wood. Termite droppings are known as frass, and if you see frass in your home, you definitely have termites.
Termites do go through a winged stage. Then, they shed their wings. Often, you will see these shed wings in piles under a window sill or beside a door frame. They are thin, almost transparent, and look like dried pieces of skin or wax paper.
Some people hear tapping noises at night and assume they have mice or a leaky pipe, but indeed, tiny tapping noises are often caused by termites. What you are hearing is them literally knocking their heads against the wood in order to communicate with each other. The tapping may cease if you get up and start looking for its cause, as your motion makes the bugs freeze in their tracks.
Termites damage wood from the inside out, so you can't really tell if wood is affected by looking at it. What you can do, though, is tap on your wooden structures. If they vibrate with a suspicious, hollow sound, then termites have probably hollowed the wood out. This is why termite damage is so dangerous; those poles could collapse before you even realize anything is amiss.
If you suspect there may be termites in your home, contact a pest control company like Action Pest Services — and do it quickly. The technicians there can confirm the presence of these bugs and then help you take steps to get rid of them.Share
24 April 2020