Termites are flying insects, which are often easy to spot around a property. However, there are many different types of flying insects, and very few can cost as much damage to a property as termites. Hence, if you want to be sure about a termite infestation – you need to be familiar with this pest as early as possible. If you have a termite infestation, Austin pest control is a must. Below are a few ways to be sure that you have a termite problem on your hands.
Season To Keep an Eye Out For
Termites like most pests can live undetected in your home within small cracks in doors, ceilings, and windows. These can stay hidden for years in unused parts of homes, and commercial properties. Hence, it is important to inspect places like storage areas regularly during seasons like spring, when they are most active. Be sure to read about flying ants, which look very similar to termites.
Sounds to Watch Out for
If you have termites on your property, these have likely caused considerable property damage. Termites eat wood from the inside out. Hence, a sure sign of spotting a termite infestation is often the hollow or papery sound of timber. If you think they have infested unused areas like storage, be sure to tap the wood to confirm your suspicion. Additionally, termite infestation will also result in tight fittings, which we associate with old wooden furniture, windows, and others.
Termites leave their excrement, which often acts in ways similar to mud to clog movements of windows, and doors. The ‘mud’ results in trapping moisture and heat with a protective layer, and results in abnormal increase in size of the wooden surfaces. These problems are common occurrences for many folks, and if termites remain undetected, you may need to replace valuable wooden furniture entirely, resulting in significant losses.
Termite infestation affects different properties very differently. This is largely because of the wooden foundation, common in old architecture, and still widely used in interiors. Such interiors are highly susceptible to termite damage. The increasing shift towards concrete foundation of walls, ceiling, and floors offers far more protection from termites. However, it also creates a certain sense of complacency among homeowners, who are increasingly moving towards wooden furniture. You can protect yourself from termite infestation by adding a protective layer of chemical coating to your furniture, which acts as a barrier to prevent entry of termites to foundational cracks.