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How To Tell If Your Collier County Property Has A Termite Problem

July 15, 2021 - Termites

You can’t assume there are no pests around your Collier County home or business simply because you don’t see any. Many insects and creatures are capable of getting indoors without being noticed. Sometimes, you won’t realize there’s an issue until the damage is visible. This applies to termites, who largely reside in the soil and behind walls.

Termites are tiny bugs that attack wood. Americans have to put out an overall $5 billion toward prevention and recuperation efforts. Insurance companies aren’t known for lending a hand in these cases. Given this, you must learn how to identify termite presence. You can do this now, and get information on how A Bug's Life Pest Management Inc. can help.

What Are Termite Infestation Signs? What Are the Risks?

The members of a termite colony are classified as workers, soldiers, or swarmers. The appearance of each group varies per subspecies, but workers in the region are generally 0.12 of an inch long and white or grayish-white. It is them that grinds wood most of the time. Soldiers with bulky mandibles and rectangular heads defend them. They may be yellow-brown. Swarmers are ½ of an inch long and brown, black, or yellow. Using their wings, they leave packed nests to mate and initiate the process of making a new colony. Often, they’re seen near light sources because they’re attracted to them. Once you spot one, you can say for sure there’s an infestation. Additional indicators to look for are:

  • Coming across the discarded wings of swarmers
  • Finding swells of fecal frass close to the mud tubes, maze patterns, and holes of termites
  • Having walls that sound hollow
  • Hearing soft noises from behind walls
  • Observing that paint is bloating and peeling  
  • Noticing that drywall is discolored and baggy  
  • Tiles releasing  
  • Floorboards declining and submitting with pressure
  • Doors and/or window frames fitting tightly

Amid their chaos, termites are bolstering the ecosystem. Restoring nutrients go into the soil when these insects deconstruct decomposing wood. One result is that trees and plants can grow without interruption or defect. The benefits to the environment are of no matter to the property owners who suffer because of termites. When their bases and walls begin to wane, their home or business will become unsuitable to inhabit. Relocation may be necessary and the associated costs in the aftermath will be high. Not to mention the profit loss for entrepreneurs. There may be medical bills related to injury or severe allergic reactions, but not disease. 

What Can You Do to Prevent Termites?

Since termites can reproduce rapidly, you must put continued energy into preventative methods. You’ll need to start with honing your exterior management practices:

  • Remove or refurbish wood that is rotting or damaged.
  • Fix moisture issues and leaks right away; particularly those wetting wood.
  • Close gaps around utility lines, caulk, and foundations.
  • Be sure to attach screens to all doors that face the outside.
  • Routinely wash out gutters and vents.
  • Place plants and woodpiles two feet from the property.
  • Never let free wood, such as carpentry panels, have contact with soil.
  • Mow the lawn and trim the greenery regularly.  
  • Have annual inspections performed by A Bug's Life Pest Management

How Will A Bug's Life Pest Management Inc. Handle Termites?

We at A Bug's Life Pest Management Inc. have resources dedicated to eradicating termites. Our Termite Baiting Program involves installing industrial-grade baits every 10 feet, creating a protective barrier around your land. These monitored devices will reveal the behavioral patterns of the affecting colony and eliminate them. Our technicians are skilled and experienced, and our treatment approaches are safe. Call us today to begin your home pest control or commercial pest control solution.

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