You may have seen the old animated cartoon where an unsuspecting gentleman buys a log cabin for a bargain price. The former homeowner quickly packs up and exits the scene while the new resident prepares to set up housekeeping. As quickly as the new homeowner moves in, the entire cabin disintegrates around him into a pile of sawdust. Termites!
While these pests can’t consume a log cabin in a matter of moments, there is some truth to the fact that they can and will do a lot of damage if left to their chewing devices. Termites feast on wood structures, rotting logs, even old newspapers and the pages of books; they are notoriously hearty and difficult to eliminate.
Rather than allowing them to go undetected for years chewing away at the wood structures of the home, recognizing some tell-tale signs of termite activity and contacting an Omaha exterminator could save thousands of dollars in repair costs.
Termites in the U.S. cost property owners over $5 billion every year, more than all natural disasters combined. Left unchecked, termites will eat away at the wood in a home, 24 hours a day, every day of the year without stopping for so much as a nap or rest break. By the time walls and floors begin to bulge, doors and windows become unable to be opened or the 2nd story flooring can no longer bear weight at someone falls through, it is way, way too late.
Genie Pest Control is often called to help Omaha homeowners verify termite activity (or lack thereof). We’ll start by examining the exterior of your property for signs of decaying wood or tree stumps. If visible signs of white, ant-like insects can be seen, we are likely looking at termites at work. We will also look for any locations where outside structures butt up against soil, especially in shady areas where termites are prone to congregate.
If noticed outside the home, there is also a very good chance they have found their way inside the walls and other wooden structures of your home. Wood that has an intricate, carved appearance that is rough to the touch signals the presence of termite activity. Other signs include the leavings of translucent, shed wings from a termite swarm. When a termite colony is mature, it will send out termite reproductives, also called alates or termite swarmers, to start new colonies. You may find their shed wings in places such as on window sills, on decks or patios, on foundation walls, or even dangling from spider webs.
Another sign to look for is evidence of mud shelter tubes, which termites craft from the soil to their wood source to protect them as they do their destructive work. Look in shady spots or near foundations for these termite highway networks.
As disgusting as this may be, a trained termite control expert can even hear termites chewing away inside the walls of your home. Soldier termites, whose job it is to signal danger to their working comrades, bang their heads against the walls if they perceive they are under attack. It may sound like a very faint clicking noise, if they are on high alert.
If all of this sounds like more than you wish to consider, the last thing you should do is bury your head in the sand. Most insurance companies consider termite damage preventable with routine maintenance and will not cover the cost of termite damage repair.
There are plenty of good reasons why you should call Genie Pest Control if you even suspect there may be a termite issue in or around your home. Caught early and using trusted, professional treatments, termites can be completely eliminated as a threat.
Call us at (402) 346-7810 and ask one of our termite control experts to stop by for an inspection. Or, if you are currently dealing with a termite infestation, there is no better pest control expert in the Omaha area than Genie Pest Control.