Being able to detect a subterranean termite as early as possible is essential to lowering the damage that these pests can do. The big issue facing most homeowners however is that termite damage does not show until it is fairly advanced. Luckily, there are a few other signs that you can keep an eye out for and detect a subterranean termite infestation.
Termite colonies are spread through swarmers. When a colony reaches maturity, the queen will start birthing a reproductive caste, known as the swarmers. The swarmers are basically termites with wings, and they can be either male or female. These swarmers fly out of the colony in the hundreds or thousands, and they will mate in the air, with the males dying shortly after, and the females looking for a suitable location to start a new nest. If you see these swarmers outside, it’s an indication that there is a termite colony nearby, and that your home currently is or could be infested in the future. The real problem however is when you see the swarmers indoors. If they had no entry point, that means that they originated from an active infestation in the home.
Subterranean termites will often have to get around obstacles in order to reach a piece of wood, and since they cannot travel out in the open, because they will dehydrate, the termites will build mud tubes over the obstacles. Seeing these tubes in or around the home is pretty much a confirmation that your home has a termite infestation and that you should call over a pest control pro to remove it. You should also leave these tubes intact because they will help with the inspection process once the pro comes over.
The best way to detect subterranean termite infestations early on is to work with a pest control company and set up a regular inspection schedule, usually on a yearly basis. Once an infestation is detected, the pro will use either chemical barriers or baiting systems. These methods offer long term protection against infestation on top of removing existing infestations and colonies, so they are a great way to make sure that your home is termite free in the long run.
If you have any questions on how subterranean termite infestations can be detected and controlled, or if you have a subterranean termite infestation on your property, contact us today.