What To Do If You Find Termites In Your Portsmouth Home

3/15/2022


termite swarmers crawling on a house

Pests that go after wood are some of the most ruinous. Many species, like termites, populate with speed. While monitoring happenings is vital, it’s not easy spotting these insects quickly. The majority of them travel deep in soil and structures. Ohio pest control will help stop these critters in their tracks. It can be a defense against evidence of termite damage.

Termite treatments and rehabilitation efforts are costly, being $5 billion in America annually. Insurance companies do little or nothing to bring this amount down. Learn how to perceive signs of termites inside your house and how effective pest control in Portsmouth can help!.

How To Identify Termites  

Workers are the heart of a termite colony on your Portsmouth property because they chiefly decompose wood. Typically, they’re 0.12 of an inch long and white or grayish-white. The soldiers make sure they aren’t interrupted by predators. There’s not much difference in size with them. Color-wise, they’re yellow-brown with rectangular heads and gigantic mandibles separate them. The reproductive swarmers are unique; they’re ½ of an inch long and have wings. Their bodies are black, yellow, or brown.

You may find them around fixtures, windows, and other sources of light that charm these termites. Swarmers will mate and create nests once different cocoons are complete. Generally, just these active termites will be seen.

Signs of termites inside your house can begin with swarmers and include:

  • Coming across the shed wings of swarmers
  • Noticing quantities of fecal frass close to the mud tubes, maze patterns, and holes of termites
  • Walls that sound hollow when knocked on
  • Hearing clicking and rustling from inside structures
  • Bloating or peeling paint
  • Off-color or hanging drywall
  • Freeing tiles and caving floorboards  
  • Tight-fitting doors and window frames

How To Identify Termite Damage

As wood is whittled down, trees and plants have the opportunity to absorb key nutrients. Therefore, termites do their part in strengthening the ecosystem. From a dietary perspective, the bugs are useful as a delicacy. Some cultures readily consume them. These contributions can’t be dismissed, but termite dangers shouldn’t be minimized.

Once active termites creep through gaps in foundations or wood placed on the ground, an infestation is right around the corner. This is especially true if the permeated hunks are taken indoors by hand or installed for a building. When these critters hustle, walls and floors become shaky, and bases that hold things up weaken as well. Hence, the fragility and deterioration of tiles, floorboards, paint, and drywall are significant indicators. Termites aren’t disease-ridden, but they can cause allergy dilemmas. 

Why Professional Termite Control Is Best

Pesticides from stores and do-it-yourself (DIY) tasks don’t do much to curtail termites and evidence of termite damage. Though these approaches are expensive, they only garner temporary results. Sometimes, they don't work at all. Furthermore, their chemical hazards are significant.

Outside of professional assistance, do the following: 

  • Replace or restore wood that is rotting or impaired.    
  • Repair moisture faults and leaks right away.  
  • Patch up openings in utilities, caulk, and foundations.
  • Add screens to all doors that face the outside.
  • Flush gutters and vents on a routine basis.
  • Sit wood and plants two feet away from the property.
  • Don’t let free wood, like fire logs, touch soil.  
  • Mow the lawn and trim the greenery regularly.

The Benefits Of Ongoing Termite Control 

We at Ohio Pest Control have industrial-grade termite treatments that are safe and affordable. Some of our solutions are the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ baits, pre-construction applications, and more. Ongoing monitoring and service can halt these bugs before they get disastrous! Call us today for a free inspection to remove a termite colony on your Portsmouth property!  

 




 

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