If you keep wood outside and notice something has been eating it, you may have termites. If so, these insects can do a lot of damage to anything made of wood, including your home. Before anything like this happens, below is information about how to know you have termites, as well as what you can do to get rid of them.
Signs You Have Termites
Termites leave behind a lot of damage in different areas of your home. Look for small holes in the drywall, or you may notice the drywall is discolored. Paint that is peeling is another sign of termites. Loose tiles on flooring can also happen, and you may notice your floorboards sound squeaky when you walk on them.
If you have windows that have wooden frames, you may notice the windows getting stuck when you try to open them. Look for any type of damaged or crumbling wood, as well as patterns that look like mazes on walls, floorboards, or wooden furniture.
You may see piles of termite wings or swarms of termites flying around your home outside. Look around the foundation of your home, and you may see termites.
Get Termites Out
Even if you only see one termite or very little damage, you need to take steps immediately to get the termites out. You may be surprised to learn how much structural damage these insects can cause, which will lead to a lot of money being spent on repairs.
The best way to get rid of termites is to contact a professional pest control company. This company will spray a pesticide that is made to kill termites in different areas of your home inside and outside. The pest control company will first investigate your home to determine where termites have been before they start spraying. When all the termites are dead, the pest control company can put a protective barrier around the foundation of your home to help prevent future attacks.
There are also things you can do to keep termites away from your home. Do not leave piles of wood outside, and remove all wood mulch at the end of the planting season. Do not throw away any kind of wood in your garbage outside.
The pest control company that you hire can give you many more tips on keeping termites away from your home. If you live in a woody area, you should consider having the company spray your yard and around your home once per year.
To learn more, contact a termite control company.