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What New Castle Residents Need To Know About Termite Season

March 27, 2020

 

This is the time of year when it is important for New Castle residents to consider the threat subterranean termites can present to properties in our area. While termites can be active all year long, they increase their activity during the warm months of the year. Today, we're talking about the way termites damage a home, and what important sign you need to be looking for as we head into what might be considered termite season.

The Scary Truth About Subterranean Termites

There is no better way to get an understanding of the threat that subterranean termites pose to your home than to take a look at the tiny termite house. In a recent, groundbreaking study, half a million termites were let loose in the soil around a scale model of a dream home. What was captured on film was nothing less than startling. Over two months, the film crew monitored the progress of the termites. They found that termites entered the structure with little visible evidence and ate it from the inside out. During the final inspection of the home, the researchers found hundreds of thousands of termites underneath the subflooring of the home, just above the cement slab foundation, and the once pristine hardwood floors had many areas where they were buckling. The wall voids of the home were filled with mud, evidence that the termites were feeding inside the wood, and it was determined that the house was a complete loss. This study shows the scary reality that subterranean termites give few signs of their presence as they completely total a home. If you have termites feeding on your home right now, you're not likely to know it.

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Two Warning Signs Termites Might Give You

Tubes — If you watch the tiny termite house videos, you'll learn about one of the warning signs that termites might give you: Mud tubes. When the termites were introduced to the soil around the tiny home, they quickly found cracks in the cement foundation slab and easily located access points into the home at the point where wood came together on the corners of the home. This is how they behave with a full-sized house. The worker termites did something else they do on a full-sized house; they began to make mud tubes. These are tiny mud tunnels that are made from soil and salva. The workers create these tunnels to protect themselves from the dry air and to hide from the light. They create these tunnels in dark, hidden locations. So if you look for mud tubes on your home, be sure to check under exterior structures, inside the crawl space under your house, and in other dark places that are hard to get into.

Swarmers — The other warning sign termites might give you is a warning sign you'll see during the spring. This warning sign was not shown in the filming of the tiny termite house. Once a termite colony matures, winged termites are produced. These termites are female and male reproductives. The purpose of the reproductives is to leave the colony and establish new colonies. If you see tiny black insects with long white wings that are rounded at the ends, you should take note of them. Those insects are letting you know that there is a mature and active nest on, or near, your property. When you see this sign (or hopefully long before you see this sign) contact a licensed termite control professional.

Termite Control In New Castle

Remember that the certified termite control professionals at Moyer Pest Control are always standing by to help you protect your home investment from termite damage. They are equipped with the training and experience to eliminate all termites in your home, and to establishing ongoing, always active termite protection around your home. Reach to us if you have questions or if you'd like to meet with someone from our team. Don't wait until termites have made a meal of your home. Get protected today. 

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