Termites can wreak havoc on your properties
Particularly in regions like San Diego. Wood damaging insects thrive in our sunny California climate like surfers on our beaches. With so many colonies in our cities, it’s a good idea to know what to look for and how to spot signs of damage from these little guys before they go on to create massive problems.
Untreated termite colonies can easily rack up large repair bills, especially if they get into hard to reach, or structural supporting areas. Termites eat around the clock, 24 hrs a day making eradication of the creatures very important.
Let’s dive into some of the best ways to identify the presence of termites, and the damage they can cause.
1. Hollow or Brittle wood
Hollow and brittle wood is a clear sign of wear and tear. This could be from natural weathering from the sun, moisture or heat; but it can also be a good indication that there are termites present. Termites get into your wood and feast on the inside of the structure, eventually reaching the edges. Oftentimes before there is visible damage from the outside of the wood, you may be able to identify internal damage by pressing onto the beam to test the strength and density of the wood.
- If the wood feels or sounds hollow as compared to other wood beams, you could have termite damage inside your wood.
- If your wood is splintering, or your fibers peel off easily from the structure, or the wood crumples under pressure; there’s a good chance you have termite damage.
2. Mud Tunnels
If mud tunnels the size of a pencil are visible along the base of your structure, that is a very good indication that you may have unwelcome visitors.
Termites like to use “galleries” to travel from one part of their colonies to another. These “galleries” are the tunnels termites create by either eating passageways into the wood, or by creating mud structures to fulfill the same needs.
3. “White Ants”
While it may be obvious to some, termites are often referred to as “white ants” by others, leading many to mistake termites for ants. While this might be a harmless mistake, it can be a costly one if you see them in and around your home. Knowing how to identify termites can come in handy if you own a home or are managing multiple properties.
During termites’ reproductive cycles, some termites will sprout wings and “swarm” for new mates and colonies. Their wings are discarded after the reproduction cycles are finished, and the termites return to creating new colonies. If you find discarded wings indoors, that’s a clear sign that the building or residence has been, or is actively infested with termites.
5. Termite Droppings
Can often be found next to exit and entry channels of their colonies. Seeing evidence of droppings indicates that there is a large population of termites that needs to be addressed immediately to avoid the spread of the infestation, and to prevent further damage. Droppings are small millimeter sized pellets that are generally piled next to cracks in wood; like window sills or compromised baseboards.
- Although the 5 check-ups listed above are a great start to inspect your property for termites; it’s always recommended that you hire a professional with years of experience in the termite industry. You never know what you can miss with your own eyes; but you can rest assured that if you hire a professional company like us – The termites have no chance!
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