Termites are a pest you don't want to ignore as the tiny winged pests are responsible for damage to property in the billions of dollars. Each year as termites begin to swarm, it's a visual sign the insects are gearing up for another year of mating, building residences, selecting a termite queen, and creating more colonies for the future. Although you may see a few signs, the extent of the infestation and the length of time it has been a source for termites may be longer than you realize. Whether you're a homeowner, property manager, or own a commercial business, when termite season comes around, you need to check your property for an infestation and take the necessary steps to eliminate the problem with a free inspection.
There are many termite species found in the United States. The estimate is around 2,800 of the pests abound but only a handful pose a significant problem to property owners. Four species are the most common. These include subterranean, dampwood, Formosan, and drywood termites.
If you're asking yourself "do I have termites" there are a few signs to look for that will answer the question. You may find a scattering of discarded wings near window and door frames. Termites with wings are often confused with flying ants. The difference between the two lies in the wings. A termite's wings are equal in length whereas an ant's wings are long in front and short in back. Another telltale sign are mud tubes, which termites use to move around in as well as provide moisture while they're on the hunt for wood sources. A third sign is to place your hand on a wood beam/frame. If it feels unstable, chances are it is hollow beneath the thin veneer due to termite damage.
Where do termites live can involve several places inside and outside your home, and since it isn't always easy to detect every area that may be affected, consider the benefits of contacting a professional service. With the expert treatment process provided by Clint Miller Exterminating, you'll enjoy peace of mind knowing the problem will be handled with proper chemicals, efficient handling, and effective techniques.