You have an infestation that you need to eliminate as soon as possible. Unfortunately, most home remedies and over-the-counter termite treatments do not work. This is because they do not get into the termite mounds and termite nests in the home. If you suspect termites, look for their mud tubes, especially in crawlspaces and basements. Termites build mounds and nests in the yard and use the mud tubes to get back and forth from their feeding grounds and your house to their nests.
What do termite nests look like? First, you probably won't see a termite nest unless you're digging up the ground. Subterranean termites build their nests up to 18 inches underground, though they could be as high as 4 inches underground. The nests have several galleries, which are rooms. The termites connect the galleries and food sources with mud tunnels. Subterranean termites usually do not build nests in homes unless they can find a moist spot caused by a leak or poor drainage.
When you see signs of termites, it's usually already too late. Unlike nests, which are underground, termite mounds are above ground. The termites make them from saliva, fecal matter, and mud. Termite mounds are more common in hot climates. The mounds protect the termites from the heat. They build chimneys into the mounds for air circulation and to help keep temperatures moderate. The largest termite mound ever found was 19 feet wide.
Chances are you won't find termite mounds in the yard, but if you do, don't let it get as tall as the tallest mound ever seen, which was 41 feet tall. If you notice a termite nest or a mound, check your entire home, including the basement or crawlspace, for signs of these pests, such as chewed wood.
By the time you see termites, you most likely already have an infestation. You can sometimes hear them in the walls if you put your ear up against the wall. Both males and females shed their wings during the spring, so you'll see wings or pieces of wings on the floor. You can also look for frass – termite droppings. It looks almost like sawdust. Look for frass on the floor by window sills and casings and by door jambs. Finally, termites usually swarm after it rains. Look for them flying around after a hard rain.
Additionally, if you see a termite nest on walls in the form of mud tubes, you need to take steps to get rid of termites with professional termite control.
The type of professional termite control we use depends on the size and location of the infestation. Sometimes we can spray and bait termite nests in the yard, and other times, we might have to tent the entire house. If we notice a bad infestation, we might spray outside in addition to tenting the house.
If you see signs of termites, even if you are not positive that they are termites easily confused with flying ants, contact Clint Miller Exterminating for an estimate.