Do You Have Termites In Your Home?
Termite damage is one of the most expensive repairs for a home. If you don’t catch them early enough, termites can wreak havoc in your home’s interior and cause an overwhelming amount of damage to the home’s foundation. The costs of wood damage and repair can add up to anywhere between thousands of dollars to a staggering $1 million depending on the home’s condition.
The best thing to do is to detect these buggers early and look for signs of infestation. Inspect your home on a regular basis to ensure your home is termite-free! Progreen Termite are experts at detecting termite infestation and wood damage. We’ll help you find the source of your termites and eliminate them before they cause more damage to your home! Call us today at (714) 677-8446 and schedule a free inspection with us!
Types of Termites
There are several types of termites that can cause wood damage to your home. There are over 2000 different species of termites around the world, with four main categories of termites that cause the most damage. These four categories are subterranean termites, dampwood termites, drywood termites, and formosan termites.
Just as its name implies, subterranean termites live underground. Its colonies dig deep tunnels within the soil on your property. Subterranean termites are found in every region throughout the United States and are one of the most destructive species to homes. The termites come with significantly large colonies, often making it difficult to exterminate.
Unlike subterrranean termites, dampwood termites are less destructive and come in smaller colonies. These termites do not like to be in dry wood and tend to migrate towards moist, rotting, or dead wood such as decaying tree stumps. Lastly, dampwood termites are larger in size compared to most termite species, and are also easier to eliminate.
Drywood termites are found in the southern states of the US as well as New Mexico and California. These insects will create colonies within the home itself, and will slowly eat away the structure, flooring, roof, and parts of the home. Drywood termites do not have very large colonies but are still able to create significant damage to your home. You can tell if you have drywood termites if you see termite droppings around, which will look like a pile of sawdust.
Formosan termites are technically also subterranean termites and are just as hazardous to your home. Originally from China, these termites are found in large colonies and are known to a very aggressive species. These termites are especially destructive because of their large numbers and are able to easily destroy a heavy volume of wood in very little time.
3 Signs To Look For To Detect Termites
If you suspect your home may have termites, here are 3 signs to look for while you are doing an inspection.
1. Winged termites in the home
If you see a termite with wings flying around in your home, this is a significant sign that there is a termite colony nearby.Termite colonies are divided into categories such as workers, swarmers or alates. Termites with wings are part of the swarmer and alate category, and are ready to reproduce. Many end of shedding their wings, but the presence of winged termites signify that there is already a colony, or that there will be a new colony soon.
2. Termite Droppings
Another sign that your home may have termites is the presence of termite droppings, also known as frass. Termite frass looks like small pellets of sawdust or mustard seed that are varying shades of light brown, dark brown, and black. The frass is made of pieces of digested wood and is kicked out of holes in the walls, roof, or parts of the home.
3. Mud Tubes
Mud tubes look like a small pathway of dirt that often lies on the exterior walls of the home. These are tunnels that termites build to reach a food source. You may miss it if you’re not initially looking for this sign since the mud tube could be as thin as a pencil. However, keep this in mind as you do an inspection around the home. Lastly, look for trails of dirt and wood that are lining the walls.
Time to Call Progreen Termite!
If you see any of the above signs, chances are you have an existing termite infestation. Call a professional exterminator now before the damage is done to your home! Progreen Termite offers expert termite detection and extermination! Our professional exterminators will find the source of your termite infestation and eliminate these nasty insects from your home! Call Progreen Termite now at (714) 677-8446 to schedule a free inspection with us!