If you suspect you have a termite problem in your home, you will undoubtedly want to rid the area of these pesky insects. Termites can cause a lot of damage to the wood in your home so it is recommended to take active actions as soon as you are aware that termites are the cause. Here are some of the signs that your home may be under a termite attack and some ways that you can try to get rid of them.
Signs Of Termites
If you see any of the following points, you may have a termite problem in your home. The signs include:
- Wood that sounds hollow when you knock on it
- Tubes that look like mud on walls, beams or in your crawl space
- Winged insects seen outside of your home, usually in swarms
- Pieces of wings
- Bubbling or cracked paint
- Termite droppings
How To Get Termites To Go Away
If you have confirmed that you have a termite infestation, you will need to act aggressively. In most cases the best termite treatment would be to call a professional termite exterminator. They are well equipped to rid your home of the termites completely. You can try using pesticides to rid your home of the termites yourself, but in many cases you will not be able to get a product that will rid your home of the entire swarm. Termites are very difficult to get to leave.
A professional exterminator will use products that are safe around children and pets to remove your termite problem. They will use a spray or a bait to remove termites. Sprays are made from pesticides that will kill on contact. Baits are sprayed onto small pieces of wood so that termites bring the wood to their colony to distribute to the swarm. The bait will kill the termite after a few hours.
Ways To Deter Termites From Coming Back
There are things you can do to make sure that termites do not invade in the first place. Termites thrive on moist or wet wood. If you have had any type of flooding in your home, it is best to replace all the wood that had been left in standing water. Even after the wood appears to be dry on the outside, there may still be moisture throughout the middle of the wooden pieces. These attract termites.
Make sure there are no other areas with standing water around your home. Check your gutters and any containers that may be around your property.
Remove any wooden things outside of your home. If you have tree stumps or log piles, these are a breeding ground for termites. Move the piles back away from the home and have the stumps removed.