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Bugged by Termites: Get the Facts!

Termites are a property owner’s nightmare. Whether you see early signs of termites in your home or place of business, the amount of dread is the same. Almost everyone has heard horror stories of the number of damage termites can do. Even cartoon episodes show how these little bugs can destroy entire buildings! Are you bugged by termites? Get the facts you need for effective termite control.

Can You Control Termites?

There is an abundance of misinformation on DIY sites about getting rid of termites by yourself. But it’s important to realize that termites aren’t like bees, ants or other bugs that get into your home. Termites can cause extensive damage to your home; so much so that you could actually lose property value in the wake of a termite infestation. So, while you might think you’re controlling your termite problem with some kind of DIY solution, in reality, you probably have a much bigger problem on your hands. Trying to control a handful of termites is like trying to control a house fire with a glass of water. The longer you wait to get serious about termite control, the worse the damage will be.

Early Signs Of Termites

The earlier you detect termites, the better. You should also know that it’s easy to mistake termites for winged ants. Knowing that you need to take care of termites as soon as possible, here are the early signs of termites to be on the lookout for.

  • Little piles of what looks like sawdust around baseboards in the home
  • Small tunnels or “boreholes” in wood anywhere in the home
  • Dead, dried out insect wings anywhere inside the house
  • Soft spots in the floorboards
  • Hollow wood on walls or floors
  • Sounds of “chewing” in the walls when it’s quiet, typically at night
  • Splintered wood with jagged edges, such as on wooden shingles

What Can You Do Once You Identify Termites In Your Home Or Business?

The best thing you can do once you identify termites in your home or business is to contact an exterminator. A professional exterminator will come out to your home and assess the situation. You can show them where you’ve seen the early signs of termites around your property. The professional exterminator can then do some thorough investigation to find out how bad the problem is. Once the seriousness of the situation has been determined, the professional termite exterminator can discuss with you how they will go about getting rid of the termites for you.

Can You Prevent Termites From Coming Back?

There are some steps you can take to help prevent termites from returning to your home or business. One thing you can do is to keep prevent moisture from building up around the perimeter of your property. Avoid planting too close to your home’s foundation. About 16 inches away from the foundation is a good rule of thumb. Store cut firewood well away from your home, and don’t bring insect-ridden firewood inside to burn.

For more information about termite control and how to get rid of a termite infestation, contact your professional pest control company in Monmouth County, NJ. Contact us today to schedule a termite examination.

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