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How Can I Tell If My Souderton Home Has Termites?

October 6, 2020

 

How fast do you think people would become homeless if all homes were made out of food? It might be easy to resist at first, but everyone gets cravings, and when food is as accessible as taking a bite out of a nearby wall, it will not take long for homes all around to become severely damaged. This scenario might seem ridiculous, but this is exactly what our homes are to termites. If you don't know, a termite's primary food source is wood, which also happens to be the main material used to build 90% of all homes. The question is, how can you tell if your Souderton home has termites? Let us help you find out.

Common Termites In Souderton

There are many species of termites around the world. Here in Souderton, subterranean termites are by far the most common. These wood-destroying pests build their nests deep underground around homes. Every day, termites commute from their nests to nearby structures of wood. This wood is broken down bit by bit and brought back to the colony as sustenance. In and around homes, this behavior weakens wooden structures and puts homeowners in a tough place. Either you live with the damage termites have caused or pay thousands of dollars to have it repaired.

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Signs Of A Termite Infestation

The longer termites are allowed to chew through a home, the more signs of their presence will show up. Within the first several months of an infestation, most homeowners notice no significant changes. It is only after a year that the presence of termites becomes undeniable. Here are some of the most common signs of termite damage to look for around your Souderton home.

  • Tight-fitting doors and or windows

  • Drooping or sagging drywall

  • Bubbling wallpaper and or paint

  • Overly-squeaky floorboards

  • A soft clicking sound coming from inside your walls

  • Frass (termite droppings) on the ground or near pin-sized holes

  • Buckling support beams.

One early sign termites sometimes leave behind is mud tubes. These pencil-sized tunnels keep termites moist as they climb up non-wood exterior walls to gain access to higher up wooden structures. If the wood of your home is directly touching exterior soil, or your foundation has cracks or gaps for termites to use to get inside, these tunnels will not be necessary.

Termite Prevention Tips

If your home does not yet have a termite infestation, then now is the time to put preventative measures in place. Here are some of the best tips out experts have to offer to keep out termites.

  • Fill in cracks, gaps, and holes in your home's exterior using a caulking gun.

  • Make sure there is a non-wood barrier between exterior soil and your home's wood.

  • Avoid using wood-based mulch around the exterior of your home.

  • Fix leaky piping and fixtures

  • Check your gutters and make sure they are properly channeling water away from your home's exterior.

  • Trim bushes and tree branches so that light can shine on your home's foundation.

  • Store woodpiles and untreated lumber at least 30 feet from your home.

  • Remove organic debris and clutter from your yard.

The Best Solution For Termites

For a better solution to termite infestations, turn to the experts at Moyer Pest Control. Our team is highly trained and equipped with only the best pest control products available. With thorough inspections, trusted treatments, and careful monitoring, we will ensure your home gets everything it needs to stay termite-free year-round. 
 
Reach out to one of our friendly pest control representatives today to discuss your service options or schedule an inspection for your Souderton home and property.

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