Identifying a Potential Termite Infestation
One of the most dangerous insect infestations is also one of the more difficult to identify: termites. They have the remarkable ability to eat away at wooden structures without actually destroying them, at least initially, and it can be months before a problem begins to show itself. By then, you’re probably too late to avoid costly damage, not to mention a significantly more difficult extrication. Fortunately, there are methods of detecting termites around your home, and, with the help of Orlando termite control professionals, your home can be secured from this ever-evolving threat.
Florida is prime ground for termites of many varieties. Our climate is never too cold and provides a consistent water source. During the rainy season, humidity combined with almost daily rain can weaken wood. In nature, this is a fine thing; termites feed on decaying tree stumps and other ground-level rot, assisting in decomposition and ultimately the ecosystem. In the walls of your home, of course, this natural habit of wood destruction is certainly not a fine thing. So, where to look and what to do? Here are some tips.
- Winged insects: Termites can be difficult to detect, but they are not invisible; winged termites will find their way into your home before burrowing into any damaged wood. If you see termites around your home in their flying state, it’s a good time to call professionals to check for a larger problem.
- Standing water: Particularly in the Central Florida area, wood can become damaged due to water very easily over the long, humid, rainy season. Damaged wood is a magnet for many species of insect, notably the locally common dampwood variety. Water, whether via a leak in your home plumbing or a crack in your ceiling, acts as both a food source and habitat creator for termites.
- Damaged wood: As noted above, some termites will only go after wood that is damaged (as is their natural state), so protecting the wood you have in and around your home can be a key to keeping termites out. Any wood that is touching outdoor soil directly has the chance to become quickly compromised and should be monitored. If you haven’t caught the signs of an infestation, wood becoming damaged seemingly from within is also the most obvious termite signal.
- Dirt tubes: Created by subterranean termites, these noteworthy dirt trails can be visible on the exterior of a structure. Seeing the tubes in general can be a sign of a termite issue, but for more conclusive proof, check to see if there is termite activity inside these tunnels.
Crucially, keep in close contact with Orlando termite control experts like us at Apex. With decades of experience in Central Florida termite situations, we can often see issues before they are obvious. Call us today at (866) 675-4070. We offer free, no-obligation inspections and will return your call within 24 hours.