The only thing worse than having a pest infestation on your Houston property is having a pest infestation that winds up costing you a lot of money. Unfortunately, if termites infest your home, that’s exactly what could wind up happening. Termites are wood-eating pests that cause over five-billion dollars’ worth of damage per year in the United States alone. This is why it’s so important for you to know the signs of a termite infestation in your home so you can react quickly to limit your exposure to these costly pests. Additionally, knowing some termite prevention tips can go a long way in keeping your Houston property safe from future damage.
Termites are ant-like insects with segmented bodies, six legs, and are generally pale yellow, brown, or black in color. They are social insects who live in colonies that are divided into three different castes—workers, soldiers, and reproductives. While workers are tasked with gathering food for the colony, soldiers protect the colony from any threats. The reproductives, which have wings, are responsible for setting out to create new colonies. This process is what’s known as a termite swarm.
Signs Of A Termite Infestation In Your Home
Unless termites are swarming, it is unlikely that you will ever see any actual termites in your home. Therefore, you need to know some of the other signs of a termite infestation. These include:
- Tight-fitting windows and doors
- Soft, clicking noises coming from the walls
- Excessively whiny floors when you walk on them
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
- Peeling paint resembling water damage
- Small holes appearing in wood in your home
- The appearance of frass on floors and windowsills
- The appearance of shed termite wings
- The appearance of mud tubes in the soil around your property
If you notice any of these signs, be sure to contact the trained pest professionals at GreenForce Pest Solutions right away.
Termite Prevention Tips
Even if you do not notice any signs of termites in your home, there are some preventive measures that you can take to protect your home from future infestations. These include:
- Partner with GreenForce Pest Solutions for on-going termite control
- Replace all water-damaged or decaying wood in your home
- Limit wood-to-soil contact outside of your home including porches and decks
- Keep gravel or concrete barriers between the soil and the exterior of your home
- Fill in any cracks in the foundation of your home
- Use dehumidifiers to lower moisture levels within your home
- Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures that could lead to water damage
- Keep all gutters free of debris to prevent flooding that could lead to water damage
- Inspect any wooden objects such as firewood, wooden antiques, or furniture for termites
- If you can accomplish these, you should be able to greatly reduce your odds of having termites infest your home.
What To Do If Termites Do Infest Your Home
Unfortunately, even if you take all the preventive measures at your disposal, you could still wind up with a termite infestation. If this is the case, don’t waste your time and money trying to get rid of it yourself. After all, the longer a termite infestation is allowed to persist, the more damage it can end up causing. It’s time to contact the trained professionals here at GreenForce Pest Solutions. Not only will our certified pest technicians eliminate any termite infestation which you may be coping with, but we will also work with you to take the proper steps to better protect your home from future infestations. Don’t let these wood-eating pests destroy your home. Give us a call now at GreenForce Pest Solutions!