Termites are common in Texas and are one of the worst pests that can invade your home. They feed on wood and other construction materials like plaster and siding, silently destroying the internal structure of your property. One colony of termites can contain thousands of these small, but destructive insects. Termites often enter your home from multiple sites on your property, both inside and outside, making the infestation difficult to address for homeowners. They spend their time slowly eating through the structure, causing long-term damage that is expensive to mitigate if left unchecked. Termites cause extensive damage to homes that is often not covered by homeowners insurance, making it critical to address an infestation as soon as possible. This is why it is crucial to contact a professional pest control company to help you deal with a termite problem.
Colder temperatures usually drive termites deep underground or to other locations where they can stay warm, limiting their visible activity and temporarily slowing the damage they cause. In Texas, however, termite populations tend to remain more active year-round due to the milder climate and warmer temperatures in the region. During cold periods in the Lone Star State, termites continue to live inside the walls of your home because it is usually warm enough for them to avoid taking refuge elsewhere.
Termites are often mistaken for ants, especially because of their size. For effective termite treatments and continued control, it is first key to positively identify these pests. Though there are several different types of termites, there are ways to identify them in a general way. First, if you see any swarming, winged insects, know that they could be termites. If you find any dead and notice their bodies consist of two segments with a straight abdomen, measuring up to an inch long, they are most likely termites. You might also observe their color: they can be white to brown to black, depending on their life-cycle stage. All of this said, it is more likely that you will notice signs of termite infestation before seeing any of the pests themselves.
The most obvious sign of a termite infestation is the termites themselves, but sometimes there will be other, more immediate evidence of their presence that clues you into an infestation.
Signs of termites in your home include droppings (called frass), mud tubes, and hollow areas of wood and/or drywall. Termite droppings resemble tiny, brown pellets. Termite mud tubes are light brown and look like dried mud; they are tiny tunnels. Hollow areas are sometimes not visible right away, but can be detected by tapping along walls, baseboards, crown molding, and windowsills with a screwdriver, listening for a hollow sound. Sometimes extremely damaged areas will be puffy and stained (such as from water damage); you might break through these spots as you tap and see active termites.
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- Environmental Protection Agency. (n.d.). Termites: How to Identify and Control Them. EPA. Retrieved February 19, 2022, https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/termites-how-identify-and-control-them.
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