Unlike many types of pests that can invade and infest your North Texas home, termites do their nefarious work silently and almost invisible. That’s why early detection followed by termite pest control in Frisco TX is so important – but it’s also the reason that so often, homeowners don’t realize that they have a problem because they can’t see one. If you are a homeowner in North Texas or anywhere else in 49 of the 50 U.S. states, it’s safe to assume that termites are either in your home or that they’ll be there shortly to feed on the wood framing, doors, windows, decks, sheds and anything else that’s cellulose-based in and around your home.
So, what should you do if you don’t already have termite pest control in Frisco TX? You should call us at Bug Commander Pest Control so that we can do a thorough inspection of your home to look for the signs of a termite infestation. Here are some of the things we’ll look for:
✓ Evidence of Swarmers. In the springtime, winged, sexually-mature, adult termites leave their colonies to start new ones. All of these winged termites, or alates, leave the nest at one time in a swarm. If there is a nest inside your home, they will be attracted to your windows as a point of exit and because they will likely die there if they can’t get out, we’ll find both small piles of wings and dead termites on your window sills.
✓ Mud Tubes. Termites dehydrate quickly so to protect themselves from the heat and sunlight when they move from the ground into your home across an open area, they create mud tubes that run from the ground and up the concrete footer of your home. We’ll look for these pencil-thin tubes on your foundation, near pipes, in your crawlspace and in your attic as well.
✓ Frass. Frass is termite droppings or pellets that are pushed out of the nest that drywood termites build inside the wood of your home. Drywood termites typically leave few signs of their presence because once they burrow into wood, only the swarmers leave. The rest of the termites find everything they need to survive inside the wood – with the exception of unlimited space. For that reason, they push their droppings out of holes, leaving small piles that look like salt and pepper.
✓ Structural Damage. Termites eat wood and anything else cellulose-based, including sheetrock. When we inspect your home for signs of termite infestations, we check for damage to wood members like attic joists not only by looking for the characteristic channels or galleries that they leave in the wood but for hollow sounds when we tap the wood. In addition, we’ll check for soft spots in the sheetrock on your walls and ceilings.
Don’t wait to see obvious signs of expensive structural damage to your home before you get help with termite pest control in Frisco TX. Call us at Bug Commander Pest Control at (214) 307-1933 or visit our website today.