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.
If you have wood in your home that is rotting, or you have noticed that you have hollow wood, you may be concerned that you have termites, or you may think that you just have a problem with a leak. To get to the bottom of the problem, you'll have to do a little bit of investigating and you need to also pay attention to some of the other signs around you. Read on for information to help you so you know whether or not you have a pest problem or a moisture issue.
Do You See Live Bugs?
Do you see live termites around? Do you see deceased pests around the area where you have noticed damage to your home? If you have seen any bugs, it's more than likely a termite problem. You can look up what a termite looks like, which is somewhat like a flying ant, but its two sets of wings are both the same width. Flying ants have two sets that are not the same size. The termites you have may not be flying either—not all termites are flying pests and some don't fly at all.
Do You See Tunnels?
If you have tunnels around your home, either interior or exterior, it may be because the termites are using them to go to and from and are using it for nesting. If you see mud tunnels, try to smash them and see if you can find termites inside. Some other types of mud tunnels may be around your home and could belong to other types of pests such as mud daubers. The tunnels will more than likely be near where you have damage to your home.
How Is Your Home Damaged?
Inspect the damage further to see if it's damaged by moisture, or if you can physically see that it has been chewed through. You may need to take your house apart a bit to do further inspection. If it's been chewed through, you'll see tiny holes that appear nearly perfect where the termites have been eating their way through. If you have sawdust present, it means it has been chewed through. Moisture will just be soggy wood, but termite damage looks much different. Taking apart the wall may be necessary in order to get a better view.
If you aren't sure if you have termites or just a moisture problem, there's a chance that you have both. Termites like moist or rotting wood, so if you have rotting wood, and have seen signs of termites, you need to contact a pest control company to get rid of the pests, but you also need to take care of the moisture problem as well to prevent a future problem.
For more information, contact a termite control service.Share
5 January 2022