Termite Control

Written by Charles Peacock
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Your home is usually your largest investment, so it can be pretty disquieting to think it's being eaten to pieces by thousands of tiny insects. It's an unfortunate reality that termites can do significant damage on your home, and if you have an infestation it's important to take care of it quickly. The good news is that there are plenty of time-tested methods that are quite effective in eradicating termite infestations.

Is Your Home Infested?

The first step in controlling termites is determining if you truly have an infestation. The problem with detecting termite infestations is that many of the signs aren't overtly visible--the insects bore inside the wood of your home, in many cases leaving the exterior untouched. There are a few clues you can look for, however, that are usually signs of a serious infestation.

Spring is the best time to look for termite infestations, since this is when winged termites (in their later stage of development) usually emerge from the colonies and disperse to form new colonies. If you see winged termites inside your home (even if they're dead) this usually means you have an infestation that should be treated. Termites outside of the home don't always mean your house is infested, unless you can see the insects traveling out from the foundations or walls of the house.

Dispersing termites are attracted to light, so you'll often find them around windows and doors. During other parts of the year (besides spring) your best bet finding termites is to look in and around the foundation of your home. If you see earthen tubes running up the foundation walls into the house, this means there is probably an active infestation.

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