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Five Tips To Spotting Termite Troubles Around Your Souderton Property

Termite Signs

The investment you have in your home is likely one of the largest investments you'll make in your life. It may be the one big investment you make that helps to secure your retirement. The thought of termites silently eating your home can be disturbing. But that is exactly what they do. They come up from the ground and silently feed on the inside of the timbers in homes. Over time, this can create a considerable amount of damage. Today, we're going to give you some tips for spotting termite troubles. Keep in mind that it is far better to be proactive in protecting your equity from termite damage. These tips should never be used as a replacement for professional treatments. But every Souderton homeowner should be aware of these signs.

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1. Shelter Tubes

An early warning sign you might see are the establishment of shelter tubes on a foundation wall. Termites create shelter tubes out of soil and saliva. These mud structures can be as thin as a pencil and will have a wiggly pattern to them. Sometimes a mud tube will split on its way up and begin to look like a river flowing upwards. You might even describe them as upside down chain lightning. Look for these mud structures in damp, dark locations. They can be found on any hard surface. Termites use these tubes to go from the soil to a source of wood. Be aware that these structures can sometimes be mistaken for a natural phenomenon because they are made of mud.

1. Shelter Tubes

An early warning sign you might see are the establishment of shelter tubes on a foundation wall. Termites create shelter tubes out of soil and saliva. These mud structures can be as thin as a pencil and will have a wiggly pattern to them. Sometimes a mud tube will split on its way up and begin to look like a river flowing upwards. You might even describe them as upside down chain lightning. Look for these mud structures in damp, dark locations. They can be found on any hard surface. Termites use these tubes to go from the soil to a source of wood. Be aware that these structures can sometimes be mistaken for a natural phenomenon because they are made of mud.

4. Swarmers

When a termite nest matures, male and female alates are created. These are winged termite reproductives. Their job is to leave the nest and establish new nests. If you see winged termites on the outside (and hopefully not the inside) of your Souderton home, it is important that you understand what you're looking at. Swarmers are a warning sign of an infestation that has been going on for more than three years. This is not a great way to find out you have termites in your home.

5. Damage

You might think that termite damage will be your first warning sign. Sadly, it is one of the last signs you'll get. Souderton termites can feed on a home for years without creating visible damage. But, under the right circumstances, you may get lucky. You might start to see a wood timber that is near the ground begin to splinter. You might see a wall that looks like it is bulging from water damage. You might see a floor that is beginning to sink. Doors and windows may begin to open freely or begin to stick. You should not wait until you see termite damage. It is best to be proactive in protecting your property from termites.

If you live in Souderton, reach out to Moyer Pest Control to start termite protection for your home. When you invest in termite protection, you remove the uncertainty of termite damage. You take control of this cost and add it right into your budget so that when you retire, you're not faced with the financial hardship of extensive termite damage. Get your protection in place today. It is one of the best investments you'll ever make.

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