Termites Are Serious, So Termite Control in Nashville is Serious Business
Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year. They feed on wood, which is a primary building material in virtually all our homes. A house is a termite’s buffet table. However, they can also gorge on paper, books, and insulationWe take termite control seriously because you take your home’s value and safety seriously.
Aside from the costs or termite damage, a termite swarm in the spring can be a downright unsettling experience. Spring is when hordes of winged termites, known as swarmers, tend to burrow up from the ground and emerge inside homes. In nature, termites swarm to start new colonies. They are triggered by rising temperatures and the fresh showers of spring. Winged termites burst forth from the colony and fly into the air – and unfortunately that air may be in your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom.
The swarmers then drop to the ground, shed their wings, and pair off with a mate in attempt to establish a new colony. If they emerge outside, they can survive to start new colonies. When they emerge indoors they are incapable of eating wood, rarely survive, and can be removed easily with a vacuum cleaner. However, their initial emergence is indication that an infestation exists. Here in Nashville, we are ready to examine your property and recommend the best termite control solutions tailored to your needs.
So, if I See a Swarm Near My Nashville Home, I’m Infested and Need Termite Control?
Seeing swarms in your yard or near your home might be an indicator of an infestation, but it might not be. Termites tend to stay close to the colony so they might not have taken an interest in the delicious wood of your house. Still, having an inspection of the property is a good idea. Termite control is most beneficial to you when the problem is tackled before the insects can do structural damage to your home.
These termite swarmers are attracted to the light. Therefore, look for them around windows and doors. If winged termites are seen coming from the base of a foundation wall or adjoining porches and patios, that’s a pretty solid giveaway that house has an infestation problem and needs an inspection and quite possibly treatment. The saving grace is that termite’s cause their damage very slowly. If you come to us for termite control in Nashville, we are going to respond in a very timely manner.
What Are Other Signs I Have a Termite Control Problem?
Another common sign of a termite infestation are mud tubes which extend over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, floor joists, and so on. These tubes are built of earth, slightly bigger that the diameter of a drinking straw, and are used to travel between the colony in the ground and the structure, your house, that the termites are attacking.
It is possible to break open a mud tube. If you see small, creamy-white worker termites, then you know you have a problem. But if a tube is empty, it probably just means that the termites have abandoned that tube to forage in another part of the structure.
Also look for wood damage. Termite-damaged wood tends to be hollowed out along the grain, with bits of dried soil lining the damaged area where feeding has occurred. If the damage is caused by water or different insects like carpenter ants, the wood will likely not have the same along-the-grain appearance.
Sometimes termites will bore holes through plaster or drywall, again leaving bits of soil behind, as another way of creating a pathway to the wood being fed upon. Without looking in the dark and hidden places of your home’s foundation, there may be no visible warning of the impending damage. It is possible to go years without detecting an infestation. So, here in Nashville, where we are surrounded by beautiful wood and walk upon rich soil, it’s a great idea to contact your termite control experts and have a professional examination done to protect your home and give you peace of mind. Call today at (615) 851 – 4912 to schedule a complimentary inspection.