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Three Sure Signs Your Souderton Property Has A Termite Problem

Termites In Souderton

In Souderton, the termites that get inside our homes are called subterranean termites. These termites are the most destructive termites in the U.S. because they are the sneakiest. They will tunnel into your yard and attack your home from the ground, without revealing themselves. Once they find a path to the wood of your home, they can slowly consume it for years and create system damage that is difficult to repair. Today, we're going to look at three sure signs that your Souderton property has a termite problem, and two sure fire ways to stop those termites in their tracks.

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Tubes

You've probably heard that subterranean termites create mud tubes on foundation walls. This is commonly known. But, what you might not know is that these tubes are rarely found in locations that are visible. Termite workers prefer to make these tunnels in damp, dark areas. If they create mud tubes on the outside of your home, they're likely to be concealed by dense landscape vegetation, or underneath exterior structures, such as decks and stairs. If you want to effectively check your home for these mud tubes, you need to get dirty. When you find mud tubes, break a piece off and check it later. If the tube is reconstructed, that is a sure sign that worker termites are actively feeding on your home.

Swarmers

You've probably heard that termites take to the air in the spring and gather into swarms. But, are you aware that swarmers can be a sign of a current and mature termite nest near your property? Yup. It's true. The termites that take to the air in spring are male and female alates. Their goal is to gather together and select a mate. They do this as quickly as possible—often in 15 or 20 minutes. They don't cover any distance. That means you'll see these swarms near the nest that released them. If thousands of white winged insects are crawling on the exterior of your Souderton property, it is likely that you have an infestation. But a sure sign of an infestation is when they emerge inside your home. You don't have to do anything to detect these insects, other than be on the lookout for them. You may also check your property and inspect spider webs for shed swarmer wings just in case you missed that quick swarm and all of those swarmers have disappeared into the ground to create nests.

Activity

It is difficult to see worker termites at work. They live in the ground or inside the wood tunnels they create. But you can uncover activity if you know where to look. Inspect your yard for wood-to-soil contact.

  • Inspect the base of wooden fence posts, deck supports, shed walls, and the wood of other structures that go into the soil. If you see trenches, they could be exposed termite tunnels. Carpenter ants can create this kind of damage as well. Feel the trenches. If they are smooth, they're carpenter ant tunnels. If they are gritty, they are termite tunnels.

  • In your yard, flip boards and other wooden items over and look for workers and soldiers underneath.

  • Rake mulch and look underneath areas that are close to your foundation walls.

  • Cut into stumps, logs, dead trees, and other dead wood. If you find workers, it is likely that your home is being damaged. Workers consume multiple food sources at the same time. If they're eating a stump, they're probably also eating your home.

How To Stop Termites

At Moyer Pest Control, we protect Souderton properties by offering liquid and bait termite control solutions.

Liquid — Liquid treatments create a barrier around your home that termites must pass through when they attack the wood of your home. This product is undetectable to termites and attaches to them. As they groom each other, the active ingredient is spread throughout the termite colony and works to eliminate them.

Bait — The bait solution we use takes into consideration the foraging habits of workers. Since they feed on multiple food sources, the bait is always taken. When it is taken, it is shared with other termites through a process called trophallaxis. Just like the liquid product, the active ingredient from the bait goes from termite to termite and works to eliminate the colony.

Get Protected

You don't have to let these sneaky, destructive insects eat you out of house and home. If you live in Souderton, PA, reach out to Moyer Pest Control and get your termite protection in place today. 

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