Although termites do not pose health threats like mosquitos or cockroaches, this pest can cause significant damage to a home in a matter of weeks or months. A lot of times, the damage is not covered by insurance policies either.
So, what are some signs of termites?
What do you look for?
Mud Tubes are a dead giveaway. They’ll look like this:
The actual insects are another clue. Be careful, though. They are very often confused with flying ants. A swarming termite will have two pairs of wings that are equal in length like this:
If you’re digging around in your flower beds and see a bunch of white-yellowish maggot type creatures, chances are, those are NOT maggots. They’re probably termites. Those would look like this:
What can you do to prevent termite infestations?
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following steps homeowners can take protect their property from this unwelcome pest:
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
- Repair fascia and soffits and rotted roof shingles. Some termites are drawn to deteriorating wood.
- Routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
- Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and 5 inches off the ground.
- Direct water away from your house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
Do you suspect you have termites?
Don’t waste any time!