San Antonio's Complete Termite Identification Guide
How much do you know about termites? You’ve probably heard of these damaging pests. They can destroy a home or cost thousands of dollars in repairs. However, besides the fact that termites eat wood, how much do you really know? We can fill you in on some of the specifics.
In Texas, you’re most likely to deal with subterranean termites. These bugs live underground and spend their days inside the walls of manmade structures. They don’t come into the open, so you’ll probably never see them. Termites have a caste system. There are three castes: workers, soldiers, and swarmers.
Worker termites, as the name suggests, do the bulk of the termite work. They are very small and usually pale tan or white in color. Soldier termites are a little larger and can be tan, brown, reddish, or white. The final caste, called swarmers or reproductive termites, are the largest. They have wings, and come out during the spring to mate and begin new colonies. These are the only termites you might spot, though even they remain well hidden most of the time.
Identifying Termite Damage
If you can’t see termites, how do you identify termites in your home? How do you know if you have an infestation on your hands? What are the signs of termites in your home? You may spot swarmer termites, or you may see evidence that they came by, such as shed wings by your doors or windows. You may also identify termites based on damage to your home. You may notice hollow-sounding wood or clicking noises in the wood of your walls, doors, or windows. If you inspect areas such as crawlspaces or wood around the foundation of your home, you may see frass, which is a buildup of sawdust left behind by drywood termites. If the damage is severe, you may notice swelling in the wood of your house. This could cause windows and doors to stick, and in some cases could cause bulging floors or drooping ceilings.
So what attracts termites to a house? Often termites are attracted by soft or water-damaged wood. They come to a home looking for access to food, wood. One way to prevent this is to reduce the contact between soil and wood around the exterior of your home. You should also check often for water damage and repair any damp wood. Keep the moisture levels in your home down by using dehumidifiers in basements and other moist areas of your home.
The Dangers of Termites
Why do you need to prevent termites? It’s important not to underestimate the damage that can be caused by termites. Americans spend an estimated five billion dollars on termite issues each year. A single household can spend thousands on repairs if a termite infestation goes unchecked. Instead of risking these repair costs, consider year-round pest control for the best pest protection possible.
It’s Bugs or Us has the experience and the tools to help you prevent termites and stop them from causing damage before it’s too late. We’ve given you signs to look out for, but for the best identification, let our pest control professionals conduct an inspection and complete the necessary treatment. Reach out today.