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How can you tell if you have termites in your home?

By Brian, August 25, 2016

If you have a problem with termites in your home it’s important that you are aware as soon as possible. This is because a termite problem can result in a lot of damage if left undetected. One of the best ways to try and avoid having to pay for a lot of repairs is to have regular termite inspections completed by pest control Arlington Heights. They have the experience and expertise to complete an examination of your property and advise you if any termites are present.

There are also signs you can look out for yourself, that may help you to identify an issue with termites. We are going to take a look at some of these signs, as well as some of the ways in which you can try and prevent termite problems from occurring.

Signs that you may have a problem with termites

One of the most obvious signs that there are termites in the vicinity of your home is the mud tubes that they create. These tubes are formed by a combination of wood and mud. There are some mud tubes which are no longer being used. If you want to check if a tube you discover is still active you should remove the middle section of the tube. If a few days go by and the section of the tube has not been repaired then it’s unlikely termites are currently using it.

If the tube is currently being used then repairs will be made. Another way you can check for the presence of termites is to use a flat head screwdriver to help you listen to see if the center of wooden structures in your home is hollow. Termites gnaw at wood from the inside out, so a structure may appear to be solid but may in fact be hollow on the inside.

Ways in which you can help prevent termite infestation

A termite infestation can be a headache to deal with so it’s a good idea to take preventative measures. You should make sure that there is no buildup of water around your home. You can help prevent any build-up from happening by making sure that you do not plant any shrubs too close to your home. If you do plant shrubs close to your property the debris from them can cause water to gather.

You should also make sure that you keep the gutters of your property, and any drainage pipes, clear as if they are blocked water can leak out and into the wooden structures of your property. If you have any wood stored in the yard of your home you should make sure that it is stored away from the property itself, and off the ground.

You can see that there are ways in which you can tell if it’s likely you have a termite problem. If you think you do have a problem then you should contact a pest control professional for help as soon as possible. 

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