Termites can wreak havoc on your Dallas home. The tiny critters eat through both dry and wet wood without remorse. Finding yourself on the wrong end of a termite infestation could mean significant repairs to your home’s structure. It’s essential to keep your eyes peeled for early signs of a termite infestation to avoid these repairs. Identifying the signs early on can be the difference between simple preventative maintenance and major repairs. The Integrity Termite & Pest Services experts are here to share what to look out for.
Types of Termites in Dallas, Texas
Texas is home to a plethora of critters, including termites. There are two main categories of termites: subterranean and dry wood. Drywood termites’ name is indicative of their diet. They love to eat the interior wood of homes. Attics and support beams are the dry wood termites’ bread and butter. While more challenging to detect, you can still sniff out early signs of dry wood termites. Subterranean termites are also widespread in Texas. These termites can burrow into your homes’ foundation from underneath or the ground outside. They’re not picky about what they eat. Subterranean termites are happy to feast on soaked wood, paper, cardboard, or anything else holding moisture.
Signs You May Have A Termite Infestation
Termites will hide anywhere there’s a food source. They tend to enjoy wood-heavy areas, such as your homes’ foundation or attic. Since they like staying inside structures, termites can often go undetected for long periods. In that time, they’re causing unspeakable damage to your home. Some of the signs to keep an eye out for include:
1. Shed Wings
Termites have long, light brown wings which extend over their back. During the spring mating season, they’ll shed these wings after finding a partner. Termites congregate in warm, sunny areas during the spring. Keep an eye out for fallen branches along window sills, doorways, and light fixtures.
2. Mud Tunnels
While difficult to distinguish if you’re not a trained pest control expert, mud tunnels are among the telltale signs of a termite infestation. Subterranean termites like damp environments, so they frequently get around by tunneling underneath the soil. Outside, this leaves raised tunnels often found along the perimeter of a home. Inside, this tunneling behavior can result in bulging wallpaper or stucco. Call an Integrity Termite & Pest Services team member to assess the situation if you suspect termites.
3. Termite Bodies
Termites don’t just enter a home and die. They’ll usually only pass away in a visible spot if the colony is nearby. If you notice the minor, shiny light-brown bugs leaving corpses in your home, call a pest control expert right away. Finding termite bodies is indicative of a severe problem.
Preventing Termite Infestations
The best way to avoid dealing with a termite infestation is through prevention methods. Having a pest control expert do regular inspections and preventative measures will avoid dealing with expensive repairs down the line. If you’re installing new structures, choose treated wood that’s less appealing to termites. Try to keep an eye out for the early signs listed above! If you notice anything, contact us immediately.
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