If any part of your home is made from wood or cellulose building materials, it’s vulnerable to termite infestation. Termites are small, wood-destroying insects that are common in virtually all areas of the country. Texas is home to several species including Subterranean, Dampwood and Drywood Termites. While the insects fill an important role in nature, they’re the enemies of homeowners everywhere.
Damage Caused by Termites
Termites eat 24 hours a day and seven days a week, so damage to homes can occur at alarming rates. Experts estimate that termites are responsible for up to $3 billion in residential and commercial property damage every year. Unfortunately, because termites destroy wood from the inside out, extensive damage may occur before the problem is detected.
How to Identify Termites
Termite workers are small, cream or white colored insects. Termite reproductive swarmers are black and are sometimes mistaken for flying ants. They can be differentiated from ants by their straight antennae and the uniform shape and size of their waists and wings. Termites swarm in the early spring. Swarming termites may gather around windows and light sources. Soon after they leave their colony, the insects lose their wings. Infestations may produce large numbers of tiny, uniform termite wings near your home’s foundation or window sills. You may also see termites emerging from woodpiles, tree stumps, wood fence posts and other outdoor wooden structures.
Common Signs of Termite Infestation
If you notice any of the following conditions, contact us for an inspection today.
-Small insect wings
-Hollowed out wood structures with bits of dried mud along the grain
-Buckled boards or damaged window sills
Contact Hart Pest Control for All of Your Termite Control Needs
Your home represents one of the biggest investments of your life, so prompt, professional management of a termite infestation is critical. At Hart Pest Control, we’ve been keeping homes safe from wood-eating pests since 1969. In addition to a thorough inspection and effective treatment, we offer individualized support and educational tips to help prevent recurrent infestations.
Contact us today for all of your termite control and other pest control needs.