This is an intervention. Not for you, but for your home. It may or may not have a termite problem, but today we are going to find out for certain. We all know how important your home is to you, so we are here today to make sure termites are not silently ruining it. Are you ready? The key to knowing if your Tulsa property has termites is coming right up.
A Brief Rundown Of Termites
You probably already know that termites are wood-destroying pests. What you might not know is that they live in colonies comprised of caste systems. These caste systems are made up of workers, soldiers, and reproductives. It is the workers that cause the most trouble for homeowners as they are responsible for the gathering of food, aka wood.
How To Spot Termites
Termites are extremely difficult to spot because of the way they invade homes. Worker termites specifically require a certain amount of moisture on their bodies to survive. This forces them to either stay underground or within a structure of wood. This means you will likely never see a live worker termite in person. You might see termite swarmers (winged termites) inside your home, but this is a very bad sign as it means a fully mature colony of termites is nearby, most likely already eating away at your home.
To spot termites early, there are two things you can look for. First, you can look for mud tubes running up your home’s exterior foundation. These are used by termite workers to maintain their body moisture while entering into the wood of your home. The second thing you can look for are termites infesting decaying wood on your property, such as old stumps or fallen trees. You will have to break a piece of wood off to see if termite workers are inside. If termites are eating wood somewhere near your home, it is possible that they have also found a way into the wood of your home.
After prolonged termite activity, more obvious signs will show themselves, usually involving some form of serious structural damage such as tight-fitting doors/windows, hollowed-out wood, or buckling support beams. Of course, this is not how you want to find out your home has termites! To identify termites before this happens, we recommend letting the professionals here at Mid American Pest Control come and inspect your home. Using the right equipment we can tell you for sure if your home has termites or not.
How To Prevent Termites
If your home does not currently have a termite problem, here are some ways you can actively protect your home against these destructive insects.
Clean your yard of clutter and debris.
Remove tree stumps, leaf piles, and other organic matter from your yard.
Store woodpiles up off the ground and at least 30 feet from your home’s exterior.
Repair broken gutter systems.
Eliminate sources of standing water that could negatively affect your home’s wood.
Repair water-damaged, rotting, or decaying structural wood.
Fix leaks inside your home.
Install dehumidifiers in humid basements and other areas.
With all of this, keep in mind, termites are not easy to prevent and even harder to spot. If you want to be certain your home is safe from termites and the damage they can cause, these prevention tips are not your best option.
You Best Option For Keeping Termites Away
At Mid American Pest Control, we specialize in getting and keeping troublesome termites out of homes. If you want the best protection for your Tulsa property, we have your answer here. Let us help you today. We will send one of our highly trained pest technicians out your way to install your very own termite protection plan.
Contact us today if you have any questions about our termite plans or to talk to a representative about scheduling an appointment for your property.