How to Spot Termites

It is estimated that termites cause upwards of $5 billion in property damage throughout the United States each year. In order to prevent your home from becoming their next victim it is important to keep a lookout for signs of a termite infestation. Early intervention is key to preventing structural damage. Another great idea is to have an annual termite inspection completed by a professional pest exterminator. In the meantime be aware of any of these signs of trouble.

Discarded wings

When termites leave their nest they use wings to travel, however, once they get to the location they plan on setting up their new home they no longer have a reason to fly. At this point they will shed their wings. If you find many sets of wings that are all the same size it is likely the termites have landed and are in the vicinity of the wings. Contact an exterminator right away to rid your home of this potentially disastrous issue.

Mud tubes

In order to survive termites need a steady climate. They will tunnel into the ground to black out cool, dry air in order to create an environment they can live in. You will find these tunnels in the ground next to just about anywhere a potential food source exists, including your home, a shed or even trees.

Wood damage

The most obvious sign of trouble is wood damage, which can be found in any wood surface including walls, floors, decks, railings and more. Termites chew through wood in search of cellulose. The grooves they cause are not only unsightly but they can result in major structural damage.

If you ever suspect a termite issue do not hesitate to get in touch with an exterminator, as getting an early jump on these critters is key. If you need termite extermination in Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale or the surrounding area be sure to reach out to Arizona Organic Pest & Termite Control. Our team can take care of any pest problem. Give us a call to schedule pest control in Phoenix, Arizona.