Spring can be a time of regrowth shepherding the way to a beautiful, bountiful summer. But the sunshine state’s humid, and balmy climate makes Florida the ideal home to termites. Termites are highly active in the spring. Termite damage can be costly to homeowners and diminish the investment value of their homes. The USDA estimates the cost of termite damage is between 1 billion and 7 billion dollars annually.  

Homeowners need to know how to detect termites. This article will inform you where termites infest your home and how to identify an infestation.

Detection

According to the University of Florida, it can be difficult to detect termites as they often stay underground. The below items will provide you ways to detect termites.

Winged Termites

Termites are burrowing insects and live their lives underground, so it might seem weird that some have wings. Winged termites look for mates and reproduce. Winged termites leave nests in the spring.

Winged termites are attracted to light so they are often detected around window sills.  Homeowners can tell the difference between termites and ants by looking at the thick waist and straight antennae of the insect.

Mud Tubes

Termites create tubes made out of saliva, excrement, and soil. These tubes are how the termites move through their nests. These tubes can be the connection point between a termite nest and your home. Termites can infiltrate a home through cracks in the foundation. Additionally, termites can build tubes around plumbing and other connection points between the foundation and the upper structure of the home. You can detect these tubes by looking around pipes and inspecting the foundation.

Damage to insulation

Termites will chew through insulation. They like the paper covering of the insulation, which they can eat for nutritional value. The actual insulation is soft and termites can tunnel through it with ease. However, they don’t eat the insulation.

Compromised insulation does not work as well. Termite damage to insulation leads to higher heating and cooling bills. Additionally, insulation repairs can be costly.

Damage to wood

Termites damage wood by eating along the grain of the wood. Termites eat soft spring-wood while leaving more dry wood alone. When termites chew wood, they integrate it into the construction of their tunnels. They make a kind of plaster out of the fecal wood material to reinforce their tunnels.

Inspect wood every year. To detect termite wood damage, tap a screwdriver against the wood surface every few inches. Listen for a hollow sound. The hollow sound indicates wood damage.

If you detect termites, don’t delay. Protect your investment by contacting your local knowledgeable termite removal specialist at Infinite Pest Solutions at 239-208-9918. They will come to your home and assess the severity of the infestations. Eradicate your termite problem today.  

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