Wood a Pest Really Eat My House?

May 28, 2014 | Uncategorized

While termites don’t cause actual physical harm to humans, the psychological harm or stress caused can be expensive.  With most people working hard to support their families, this could be the ‘straw that breaks the camel’s back’!  Termites can cause extensive damage to a home, without ever giving warning to the homeowner until it is too late.

If termite swarms are being seen, there is a pretty good chance that there are termites present.  These swarms are not the ones that cause the wood damage; they are in the mating business, to create new colonies.  Each of the colonies can produce thousands of  ‘swarmers’, and in return, they keep the colonies growing.  Although if swarms are present around your home, and you are still not convinced there may be a problem, there are a couple more things to watch for.

Mud Tunnels – these are used to get from the colony to a food source.  This could be quite a distance away, up to 250 to 300 feet.  These tunnels are made of termite droppings and dirt.  There may be multiple tunnels around the property.

Termite Damage – tell tale signs are warped doors and/or uneven floors.  If there is a crawl space, the damage to the wood will be obvious.  Termites can do some real structural damage to a home, potentially causing instability.

Termites are not a pest that should be ignored.  If there is a question as to whether or not there is a problem, call Bio-Tech Pest Control for an inspection.  It is not a good idea to put this off as termites don’t take weekends or holidays off.  So unless you have invited them to share your home, it is time to exterminate!

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