Termites are attracted to moisture, which is why they often live in clogged gutters and the soil under properties. The insects can enter your house through holes and cracks in the roof, foundation, siding, window casings, and door frames. The pests feed on cellulose in wood, as well as paper, drywall, and plastic. To avoid major property damage, below are a few ways to tell whether termite treatment is necessary.
Termite Infestation Red Flags
1. Odd Noises
Termites are relatively noisy, so listen for peculiar sounds coming from behind walls or under floorboards. Although the knocking could come from pipes, it could also indicate soldier termites are hitting their heads against wooden planks and beams. They do this to communicate with the rest of the colony. You might also hear bizarre sounds coming from wooden furniture as worker termites eat the material from the inside out. Tap on the surfaces and listen for a hollow sound, which also indicates termites are gnawing through your possessions.
2. Stuck Doors & Windows
When termites burrow through wooden door and window frames, they leave moisture behind. The damp wood swells, making it difficult to open the fixtures. If termites are under floors, the moisture can deteriorate the adhesive holding tiles in place, too.
3. Tunnel-Like Structures on Surfaces
Termites move from one place to another in mud tubes. Made from soil, wood, and saliva, the structures resemble long, web-like tunnels. If you see multiple mud tubes on walls, ceilings, or exposed beams, schedule termite treatment to curb the infestation.
If you’ve noticed any of the above signs, reach out to the exterminators at All Service in New Braunfels, TX. They will use state-of-the-art equipment and tried-and-true methods to get rid of the unwanted pests, preventing major property damage and keeping your family healthy. To take advantage of a 10% savings on termite treatment in Seguin, San Marcos, Schertz, and the surrounding communities, call (830) 626-2847. Visit the pest control specialists online to see what other insects they will keep at bay. Visit them on Facebook for client feedback.