What Can You Do to Help Protect Your Home?
Since termites are a constant threat to your home, here are small steps make a big difference in termite prevention and sustaining an effective termite treatment plan. Start by eliminating moisture conditions and termite food around your home. These simple steps make your home a less attractive target, helping deter termites.
Eliminate Moisture Problems
- Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and A/C units
- Divert water from foundation
- Keep gutters and downspouts clean
- Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
- Get rid of standing water on roof
- Keep all vents clear and open
- Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
Remove Termite Food Sources
- Keep firewood, lumber or paper away from foundation or crawl space
- Get rid of stumps and debris near house
- Place screens on outside vents
- Check decks and wooden fences for damage
- Wood on your home shouldn’t contact the soil
Termite Warning Signs & Identification
Some indications you may have a termite infestation:
- A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home.
- Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings).
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
- Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams or in crawl spaces.
- Discarded wings from swarmers.
Is That An Ant Or Do I Have Termites?
Three Signs It's A Termite
There's nothing like having a swarm of flying insects in your yard (or worse yet in your house) to suddenly make you realize how important it is to be able to tell the difference between a termite and a flying ant.
Mistaking a swarm of termites for flying ants can be expensive. The average repair bill following a termite infestation is $3,000, according to Terminix and termites live everywhere in the U.S. except Alaska.
When flying insects swarm, the safest thing to do is to call in a pest professional who can check your home for signs of termites.
To identify the bugs on your own, catch one of them without smashing it. Put it in a plastic bag and then check for these three things:
One long string of beads and no elbow = termite
Elbowed = ant
Uniform with no waist = termite
Hour-glass waist = ant
Both wings same size = termite
Back wings smaller than front wing = ant
Want to be sure you're right?
Contact the cooperative extension service and ask if they do bug identification.
Recommended Termite Control:
- Dewey Pest Control 323 666-1361
- Western Exterminators 213 382-8151