Termites are an absolute terror to homeowners. These tiny bugs burrow into dry or damp wood and tear it apart from the inside out. Over time, termites can destroy your home’s foundation – all while you have no idea! Unlike other pests, termites are incredibly good at hiding. Getting the termite colony to come out of hiding for total extermination is no easy feat, but the Integrity Termite & Pest Services team has put together our guide on how to do it.
Let’s Learn About Termites
To know thy enemy is to win the battle, and termite knowledge is one of the best tools you can have in your toolkit against an infestation. Termites are tiny bugs that feed off of wood. There are two main types: dry wood and subterranean termites. Drywood termites, like their name implies, are happy to feast on dried-out wood. They’re often found in attics or foundational structures in dry locations. Subterranean termites are more prevalent because they can easily tunnel underground and feed off damp or softwood. Subterranean termites are more common than their dry wood cousins, but both pose their threats.
Identifying a Potential Termite Infestation
How do you tell what the sound of a termite infestation is versus your homemaking normal noises? There are a couple of things to keep your eyes and ears out for. The first is an odd knocking inside the walls. Some termite species will bang their head against the wood when threatened to warn other termites of danger. This banging creates a dull knocking noise that indicates to humans termites are nearby. You can also look outside for tunnels in the mud or dirt surrounding the home. When termites enter your home, they often travel just underneath the top layer of ground outdoors. The traveling process creates a small, pencil-sized tunnel that leads you right to the source of an infestation. Other signs of a potential termite infestation hiding within your walls include termite droppings, peeling paint in otherwise undamaged areas, hollow wood, and of course, seeing live termites.
How to Make Termites Come Out of Hiding on Your Own
There are a few DIY remedies to get termites to come out of hiding. Preventative maintenance is always our first professional recommendation, such as regularly trimming nearby plants and ensuring there isn’t firewood or other likely hiding spots leaning against the house. If it’s too late and you’re already dealing with a termite infestation, you can purchase over-the-counter treatments to try to flush the termites out. These may include termiticides, which are potent poisons to kill termites over some time. There are also natural remedies to eliminate termites, such as spraying a mixture of orange essential oil and dish soap over suspected infestations. While the best way to get termites out of hiding is to contact an Integrity Termite & Pest Services professional, it’s worth trying to give the DIY methods a shot.
When Is It Time to Seek Professional Help?
Termites are a massive problem if they get the chance to enter your home. Very rarely will someone deal with a mild termite infestation; the chances are that there are hundreds right behind it if you have one. Because of how prevalent infestations can be and the amount of damage they can wreak in a short amount of time, we always recommend contacting a professional at the first sign of termites. Don’t risk your home’s health! Work with a professional to get rid of the problem early on.
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