One of the last things any homeowner wants to hear is that they have a termite infestation. Termites are the most expensive pest to dispose of and they have the potential to wipe out any equity in your home you may have. Termites can destroy the structural integrity of your house and leave you with heavy repair costs. A-Tex Pest Management spotlights the damage termites can inflict, signs they have infested your property and tips to get rid of them below.
What are the Most Common Termites in Austin, Texas?
The three most common termites are the Subterranean, Desert Dampwood and Dry wood. The subterranean termite typically swarms from February to May. This species most popular swarm time occurs during the earliest hours of the day. The dry wood termite is often found in old tree trunks, sheds and dried out decks. The dry wood termite swarms during the day in the hot summer season. Unlike subterranean termites, dampwood termites don’t usually have contact with the soil, and therefore do not create mud tubes/tunnels. Rather, they are commonly found in dampened wooden areas that are kept damp through water leaks or excessive moisture from standing water.
What Kind of Damage Can Termites Cause?
Termites are tiny wood destroying machines that are relentless at causing chaos to our everyday living. They are capable of destroying a home’s structural timbers. Posts, floor supports, ceiling supports, subfloors and wall studs have all fallen victim to the powerful wood eating jaw of the mighty termite. Not only do they decimate structural timbers, termites are also no strangers to causing havoc in drywall, paneling, carpet and even your favorite piece of furniture.
How Do You Know if You have Termite Damage?
There are a handful of common signs that can alert you to termite damage in your home or on your property. These warning signs include wood that sounds hallow when tapped, jammed doors or windows, damaged wood that crumbles easily, bubbling or peeling paint, tiny holes in your dry wall, laminate floors that bubble up or sag, hard wood floor slats that pop up, loose tiles and discolored or sagging sheetrock.
Termite Inspections, Treatment, Control, Removal & More in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park Texas
It is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. Calling a professional pest control expert is the best way to keep your home safe and rid of termites. A termite protection program is designed to give you peace of mind, keep termites away from your home and keep your house at its top dollar value.