What you need to do if you have a termite swarm in your house.
Termites will literally eat you out of your house. Luckily, you can often detect their presence before it becomes a huge problem. You can do this in three short steps. So let’s take a look at what you should do if you believe that a termite swarm is in your house:
First, Try Not to Panic Too Much
We understand that it can be extremely stressful to even think that there might be termites inside your house. But try your hardest not to panic too much. While it’s true that termites can cause severe damage to your home, most infestations are caught early enough to avoid really costly repairs.
Next, Check for the Warning Signs
Now that we’ve hopefully convinced you to stay calm, it’s time to confirm that there are termites in your home. Luckily, there are several warning signs that you’re likely to notice before an infestation does too much damage, as long as you’re paying attention. Here are some of the common signs of termites:
Spring is known as termite swarm season in Florida. It’s possible that you’ll see reproductive termites (the ones with wings that look like flying ants) as the colony begins to create a nest in your home. The good news is that if you see live swarmers, you’ll probably be able to avoid extensive damage to your home.
During the swarming season, termites will shed their wings. If you look closely at the ground or inside your home near areas where wood is located, you might find quite a few. This is another telltale sign that you definitely have a termite problem and that it’s time to call a professional.
As everyone knows, a termite’s main source of sustenance is wood. Once they’ve eaten the wood inside your walls for a while, the wood will have a hollow sound if you knock on it. Other warning signs usually come first, but it doesn’t hurt to go around your home every once in a while and test the wood by knocking on various spots in the wood.
When termites have eaten the wood in your walls pretty close to the surface, you’re likely to experience paint damage. This will present itself as either peeling or bubbling paint. Although this often means that you may have a bad infestation, it’s also something that’s really easy to spot, so you’ll know to take care of it right away.
Hearing sounds in your walls is one of the most noticeable warning signs of termite activity, but this can also be a sign of rodents and other critters. There’s a good chance you’ll hear chewing sounds, even if you aren’t able to recognize them. You may hear what sounds like chatter of some kind coming from your walls.
One warning sign that often gets overlooked is doors and windows that have become warped. This happens because the wood inside or near them has been eaten up. This often causes a warping effect. If you notice that doors or windows are getting a bit stuck when you open or close them, this is a good indication that termites are nearby.
Finally, Hire a Quality Exterminator
If you see any of the warning signs listed above, then you need to call a reputable exterminator right away. The longer you wait, the higher the chance that the termites will cause severe damage to your home. This could cost you many thousands of dollars and might even force you to find other housing while your home is being repaired. You can avoid this by calling a pro at the first sign of trouble.
Contact ProHealth Pest Control If You Detect a Termite Swarm in Your House
ProHealth Pest Control can help detect a termite swarm in your house and get rid of any termite colonies immediately. If you have any questions about our residential or commercial termite control or would like a free termite inspection, reach out to us at (727) 472-9420 today.