Spring is finally starting to arrive here, termites are starting to swarm. During this time, they may seek out your home as a new nesting place. The damage from a termite infestation can easily go unnoticed for a long period of time, NW Pest Control would like to offer help and educate homeowners on the top signs that signal their home is infested.
The estimated of damages that termites cause every year is approximately $5 billion. This could be quite a costly event for for homeowners to repair if they don’t spot and stop an infestation before it gets out of control. Most homeowners don’t recognize the signs of an infestation until it is too late.
Termites always need a professional to tackle an infestation. However there are several signs that a homeowner can look for to inspect their property. There are tell tale signs of a termite infestation and if you notice even one, there is a good chance you have termites on your property. With the help of an NW Pest Control professional, we can get the infestation controlled before significant damage can occur.
- Swarmer or Discarded Wings: Swarmers, also known as reproductives, are young female and male winged termites. In the springtime, after the last freeze, termite swarmers will emerge from their nest to mate and search for a new location to start a colony, which typically includes our homes. Termite swarmers, or their discarded wings near windowsills and doors, are often the first (and only visible) sign of a termite problem.
- Wood Damage: Termites tend to eat wood from the inside out, so wood that sounds hollow when tapped often signifies a termite infestation. Additionally, homeowners should also look for blistering pieces of wood.
- Uneven or Bubbling Paint: Uneven or bubbling paint is often a sign of moisture build-up, which could mean one of two things – water damage or termites.
If you feel you may have a termite infestation, it’s would be best to contact NW Pest Control to have a full home inspection by a licensed pest control expert as soon as possible to stop the damage before it gets worse. It is recommended that homeowners have an inspection done every year to ensure their home is safe each season from termites.