How Destructive Are Termites?

If you ever wondered how destructive are termites, you need to only ask a homeowner who has had to deal with them. Termites are a pest that you do not want in your home and, if you get them, you definitely want to get rid of them right away. Each year, termites cause billions of dollars of property damage due to their destructive nature. What many people don’t know is that they don’t just eat wood. They also eat paper, books, and insulation.

Outside, termites can attack your landscaping by eating through your trees and shrubs. If they are near your house, you should presume that termites may be in your house as well. So, how destructive are termites? They can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare because of the amount of damage they can cause.

Is It A Flying Termite Or A Flying Ant?

Termites have wings and are frequently confused with flying ants. However, their wing structures are different and the abdomen is different. Of course, for the homeowner who is just trying to swat the pest, without close examination and the ability to properly identify the pest, it is easy to mistake a swarming termite for a flying ant.

Flying termites, a life stage during the swarming season where some of the termites have wings, can be attracted to light so you may be more likely to find them in your home near windows and doors.

How Do I Know If There Are Termites In My Home?

It can be difficult to know if there are termites in your home without the help of a termite specialist like Priority Pest Services. Since swarming termites can prefer light but termites in a different life stage prefer darkness, the ability to stay ahead of these pests is outside the realm of the typical homeowner. Add to this that termites look quite different, depending on what life stage they are in, and their role in the colony. This is something you want to leave to the professionals.

A major feature that indicates termite infestation is the tubes they make that look a little like mud. These tubes are about the thickness of a pencil and around the same color. Termites make these tubes so they can travel around easily without having to come out into the light. There can also be situations where these mud tubes are not visible. So, the absence of these mud tubes does not necessarily mean that termites are not present.

Termites require professional extermination strategies and methods and that is something that is outside the realm of the typical homeowner. Plus, if you have had them for a while, once you get them out, you will likely need some contracting work done to find and repair all of the damage.

Working with a pest control company that is also a licensed contractor for home repairs like Priority Pest Services will save you both time and money. Let our termite inspectors and pest control technicians find, identify, and eradicate those termites, and deter them from returning, all with one simple phone call. Contact us at (757) 204-4523 to schedule a free home inspection!