Frequently Asked Questions About Identifying and Controlling Termites

Frequently Asked Questions About Identifying and Controlling Termites

Termite infestations can be a real problem for homeowners and if the infestation isn't controlled in a timely manner, these insects can cause structural damage to the home. Individuals should take the necessary steps to identify and eliminate termites from their property before extreme damage occurs. Individuals who are interested in learning more about termite infestations and termite control can read the frequently asked questions below.

 

What is the best way for individuals to identify a termite infestation in their home?

 

Luckily for homeowners, termites leave various clues around the home that are strong indicators of an infestation. Individuals will often see the insects crawling on and around structural beams, boards and other items constructed out of wood.

 

Depending on the specific termite species, these insects are approximately one-fourth to one-half inch in length. Worker and soldier termites have soft bodies that are light in color. Soldiers will also have large mouth parts that extend past the front of the body.

 

Winged termites, also known as swarmers, have four identical wings that appear larger than the body. They have two antenna that are straight and a dark-colored body that's separated into two sections.

 

Apart from actually seeing the insects, individuals can look for additional clues of a termite infestation, such as mud tubes and termite excrement. Mud tubes are often located on the surface of a home's foundation. These termite tunnels are usually around six inches long, look like dried mud and are oblong shaped.

 

Termite droppings will be found directly underneath the wood that these insects are eating. At first glance, their waste will appear to be a pile of sawdust, because it looks like small particles of wood.

 

What is the best way for individuals to get rid of a termite infestation?

 

When individuals see the obvious signs of a termite infestation they should immediately contact a pest control company. It's very difficult, if not impossible, for individuals to get rid of a termite infestation on their own.

 

A few termites can be eradicated by the homeowner by using a store bought pest control spray. When a house is infested with termites, there are often thousands of these insects inside the home and a full-blown infestation will need to be controlled by a professional.

 

Contact Ortex Termite & Pest Control for guaranteed extermination of termites. This family owned and operated company provides expert services for the elimination and control of termites and pests. Additional services they provide include foundation vent installation, foundation waterproofing with moisture barriers and fungus treatments.