Nine Easy-To-Spot Signs Of Termite Activity Around Your San Tan Valley Property

September 30, 2020

When it comes to pests, there are nuisance pests, pests that can cause harm to our health or bodies, and pests that can destroy our property. Termites fall into the last category. They feed on certain cellulose items that are found in wood. Therefore, if the wood that termites feed on is the structural wood of your San Tan Valley home, you will likely be stuck paying for expensive repairs.

That is why it is so important for you to understand and recognize the signs of a termite infestation. If you are able to do that, you should be able to limit the damage that the termites inflict upon your home. In addition to this, you should also know some preventative techniques that will allow you to lower your exposure to future infestations.

Identifying Termites

Termites are pests that have clear to brown soft bodies that grow between ¼ and ½ an inch in length. There are three castes in a termite colony: workers, soldiers, and reproductive termites which include the king and queen. As the workers make up the majority of the colony, they are responsible for providing food for the rest of the colony. The reproductive termites, also known as swarmers, are winged termites that will set out to create new colonies usually in the spring.

The Damage That Termites Cause

While outside, termites usually feed on decaying wood such as fallen trees. However, when they invade your home, they instead will feed on the structural wood that makes up your house. This could be under floors, behind walls, or above ceilings. While they prefer decaying or moisture-damaged wood, they can and will damage any of the structural wood in your home.

Signs of Termite Infestations

Because of their propensity to cause such costly damage to homes, it is important for you to be able to identify the signs of a termite infestation. Unfortunately, simply spotting termites in your house is not very effective as, unless there is a termite swarm, you will not likely ever see the termites themselves. Therefore, knowing the signs is key. Signs of a termite infestation include:

  • Tight-fitting doors and window frames.

  • Soft clicking noises from the walls.

  • Hollow-sounding wood when tapped. 

  • Excessively squeaky floorboards.

  • Paint that appears water damaged.

  • Crumbling or damaged wood.

  • Pinpoint holes in drywall. 

  • Mud tubes in the soil around the foundation of your home.

  • Shed wings of termite swarmers.

If you notice one or more of these signs, contact the professionals at All Clear Pest Control right away.

Termite Prevention Techniques

If you do not have a termite infestation, you should still take the proper precautions so that you limit your chances of having an infestation in the future. To do this, you should:

  • Replace any water-damaged wood in your home.

  • Limit wood-to-soil contact outside your house.

  • Utilize a gravel barrier between the soil and the base of your house.

  • Keep firewood away from the exterior of your home.

  • Repair leaky pipes and fixtures.

  • Keep gutters free of debris to prevent flooding.

  • Seal cracks in your home’s foundation.

If you are able to accomplish these preventive techniques, you should greatly limit future termite infestations.

How To Eliminate Termite Infestations

If you do find yourself dealing with a termite infestation, or if you have any questions about termite prevention, contact the professionals here at All Clear Pest Control. Our trained pest technicians will provide the inspection, treatment, and preventative services required to effectively eliminate termite infestations and prevent future ones. Don’t be left holding the bill for termite damage. Give us a call today. 

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