There are some pests that come out in the warmer weather that can be very damaging. One of them are termites and they are a pest that can do major damage to your home and surrounding property. Termites are a pest that come out in the spring weather and start to swarm, looking for a place to start their colony. The colony will stick together and eat through as much wood as they can and as long as they are left alone the amount of damage can be devastating. The problem is that most people are not aware of what to look for. The majority of the time the termites are found because the homeowner sees the swarm. The swarm will be flying through looking for a place to land. If you happen to see this swarm around your area it is a good idea to call to have your home inspected. You also should know what type of termites are in your area. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control outlines what types of termites we need to worry about in Greater San Antonio, TX.
How Serious are Subterranean Termites?
A very common kind of termite that people find in the spring time is called a subterranean termite. They are a termite that like the name suggests live under the ground. They will build a nest near exposed wood that they can use as a source of food. They chew through the wood and create a colony that is able to survive. The termites need to stay under the ground in order to retain the moisture that is necessary to their survival. They go from the ground to a structure that they can use as a source of food. The way that they are able to travel the path is by using what is called mud tubes. They are mud tunnels that they will build along a wall so that they can get to the exposed wood. It is a tunnel that retains the moisture and keeps the direct sunlight off of them. This is often a good sign that termites are around your property.
Signs of Dry Wood Termites
The other type of termite that you might see in the spring are called a dry wood termite. The way they are most different is that they do not nest in the ground and are found nesting in the wood they are eating. They do not need the moisture that other termites need and they also will not be seen making any tubes from mud. They do have a sign that you can look for if they are in your home. They need to make a hole that they can push any excess wood out of. These small holes will show up and you can start to see sawdust around the floor.
Desert Damp Wood Termites
While dessert damp wood termites are not found infesting homes as often as subterranean termites, when they do, they are likely to be found in wet wood that is kept moist by water leaks or excessive moisture from standing water. If damp wood termites are located within your home, you likely have a moisture and water decay problem as well.
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There is not a good way for a homeowner to treat for termites. The best thing that you can do is to make sure that you call out a professional to do a thorough inspection. The inspection will tell if there are termites and then they can treat the problem before they are able to do too much damage. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control can come out to your house to do an inspection for any termites. Call today to talk to one of our experts.