Those of us who live on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Louisiana enjoy lots of great things in the spring – chief among them warm weather and crawfish season. But unfortunately, locals also have to face serious problems each spring in the form of subterranean termites which become the most active during the same time each year – March, April, and May.
As the name for these pests would imply, the subterranean termite dwells underground most of the time, and they live in large colonies. For homeowners, that usually means they don’t get much warning before having a problem, and when problems do occur, they can cause significant damage to your property.
Why is the Subterranean Termite So Dangerous?
Termites devour wood, or more specifically the cellulose in wood, and if you do not have the proper prevention or inspection methods in place, they can cause significant damage to a home in a relatively short period of time. Each year in the United States, termites cause billions of dollars of damage to homes and businesses. Take a moment to consider just how much money that is that these little pests are causing people to shell out year after year.
Experts consider these termites the most destructive of all the species, as their sharp teeth are capable of devouring wood at alarming rates, causing significant damage in a short period of time. When you consider their sheer numbers, these pests are not to be taken lightly.
As their name implies, the subterranean termite lives underground in colonies of up to 2 million insects. It’s easy to see why that many bugs can cause damage so quickly. The underground colonies of these pests are not necessarily going to be located directly on or under the building that they are destroying. These little bugs have no trouble commuting for a meal, as they build distinctive mud tubes that allow them to travel safely from their colony to the structure or source of food. Sometimes, the colonies are might actually be a fair distance from the property, which is why it’s important to enlist the help of a termite control specialist to help locate and eliminate the colony.
Some Signs of Termite Trouble
Those who feel as though they might have a pest problem can start to look for some telltale signs of termite trouble. If you happen to see live or dead termites in or around your home, then you should call a pest control expert right away. However, many times, you will not have the advantage of seeing termites, especially the subterranean type.
Look for damage to structures on your property. Holes in the wood or even damage to the drywall can indicate this type of pest. Look at your doors and windows to see if you notice any sagging around the frames. When these termites are traveling, they are usually using mud tubes from their colony to your home. If you are digging on the property and find these tubes, which are something like underground highways straight to your home, then you may already have a problem.
Even if you are not entirely sure that you have a termite problem, you are not going to want to delay when it comes to calling in the professionals. If you have even a suspicion that your home might be under attack from these bugs, call in the pros. The sooner you have help for your home the better off you are going to be. If you wait, the cost to repair the damage is simply going to escalate.
Saving Your Home From Further Damage
At the first sign of trouble or damage, we recommend calling for an inspection immediately. Skip the “do it yourself” products, as accurate identification of the pest is of the highest importance, and different types of termites require different types of pest control techniques and tools.
Our termite control specialists will help accurately assess the problem, and offer you a customized treatment program for dealing with termites which may include soil treatments and a baiting system. Call today to schedule your free inspection.