Termites. This one pest can cause thousands of dollars in damage if allowed to remain in your home. In fact, these small bugs cause an estimated $5 billion dollars in damage to American homes and businesses each year. Since many home insurance plans don’t cover damage caused by termites, it’s important to look for signs of termites and call in the professionals to exterminate any before your home becomes severely damaged.
Do you have termites? Here are a few signs to look for in your home.
Damage to wooden structures is probably the number one sign that your home could be infested with termites. Outwards signs of termite infestation or termite damage resemble water damage. Look for floors that are sagging or floors that feel spongy. Large infestations can also cause a mildew, musky smell.
Termites can also cause windows to stick or not open properly if they are tunneling near a window sill. The same also goes for doors.
Subterranean termites tend to swarm during the spring season. In fact, many homeowners confuse swarmers with flying ants and tend to not pay them any attention. As they are out looking for a new place to call home and build up their colonies, they shed their wings. If you notice more than the average number of insect wings located in a central location such as light fixtures, doorways, and windows, you may have termites in your home.
One of the most common tell-tale signs that termites have invaded your home is the tube/tunnel they create. These tunnels look like hardened mud and are usually as wide as a pencil. These tunnels are how termites travel from underground to infested wood areas like your home. They can usually be spotted running near the foundation of your home.
WHERE TO LOOK FOR SIGNS OF TERMITES IN YOUR HOME
Subterranean termites like damp, dark, and warm places. They can be found underground, but sometimes they tunnel their way to the surface in search of more food. While it is well known that termites love to eat wood, they also feast on dead plants and trees. Some termites even eat paper, plastic, and drywall. For this reason, it is very important to look for termite-friendly locations in your home. Because of moisture, termites love kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
THE BEST TIME TO GET RID OF TERMITES IN ARKANSAS
Any time is a good time to get rid of termites. However, termites are less active during winter months. The colder weather causes termites to stay closer to their nest and closer to food sources. Because of this, termites are more predictable, easier to locate, and exterminate.
CALL HOPPER TERMITE & PEST, INC. TODAY!
Don’t wait until termites have caused thousands of dollars in home and property damage. Professionally trained technicians, such as the technicians at Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc., can spot signs of active or previously active colonies of termites in and around your home in Arkansas and southern Missouri.
After the initial inspection, Hopper can provide a termite treatment plan just for you. With our Termite Protection Plan, we treat your home or business with a liquid barrier treatment or install a termite detection and baiting system. Then we provide an annually renewable warranty against termite infestation and, in most cases, against any damage caused by termites thereafter. A trained technician will thoroughly inspect your home for termites each year while covered under our Termite Protection Plan.
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Now that the temperatures are beginning to drop and our area has experienced a few overnight freezes, you may have heard people talking about how the lower temperatures will help kill off many bugs that seem to be a nuisance during the spring and summer. This may be true for a small fraction of pests. However, there are many pests that overwinter. Overwinter means that they can live through the winter. Many types of plants overwinter. Animals overwinter. Insects and rodents also overwinter.
Not only do several species of pests survive the winter, but many do so by coming into your home for food and warm shelter. Here are some things you need to know about overwintering pests and what you can do to prevent them from becoming an infestation in the spring.
CAULK IT. SEAL IT. STAY ON TOP OF THE WINTER PEST GAME
Now you see them. Now you don’t. Pests seem to disappear in the blink of an eye when the temp starts to drop. However, the big issue with insects and rodents overwintering in your home is that you may not even notice that they are there. In fact, many people are under the belief that their pest problem is gone because they are not seeing them. This is a HUGE problem. Even though you may not see these pests until they make their presence known in the spring, it’s important to take as many preventative steps as possible to keep them out of your home in the cooler months.
We always recommend taking advantage of exclusion techniques such as caulking cracks and crevices and sealing any openings around windows and doors. Some other winter pest-proofing techniques include:
Just because summer weather is on it’s way out, it doesn’t mean that your pest problems are over. In fact, the fall season is one season that you don’t want to let down your guard when it comes to pests. Insects, rodents, and small animals are all on the hunt for winter lodging.
Here are some common pests you need to look out for and how to secure your home against these autumn invaders.
SPIDERS - During this time of the year, you may notice more spiders lurking around and building webs. This is due to the fact that fall is the time of the year when many species of spiders reproduce. Although many people are not a fan of spiders, the truth is that most spiders are not poisonous. If you just cannot take the sight of seeing one more spider, then give us a call.
MICE - These critters love to come inside during the colder months to keep warm. However, mice are not exactly neat. They like to chew on everything including electrical cords. They also carry diseases and cause issues for people who have breathing issues.
COCKROACHES - Even though you have been told that cockroaches can survive anything, they don’t mind coming into your home during winter months to stock up on food and stay warm. You can find these bugs mainly in the kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere there is food with easy access.
HOW PESTS GAIN ENTRY AND HOW TO STOP THEM IN THEIR TRACKS
Pests can gain entry into your home through the smallest openings. During this time of the year, many of them are actively seeking small cracks and crevices in your caulking and weatherproofing seals. It only takes one small space to go overlooked. Here are some areas in and around your home to look for possible entry points.
Keep up your yard work - Keep fallen leaves and debris picked up and keep mowing your lawn until it stops growing. You also want to cut back any bushes or shrubbery that is close to your home. Try to keep it at least 2-3 feet from your home. Pests and rodents like to use these plants as ladders to gain access.
Check the perimeters of your home - Look around the outside of your home for any suspicious entry points. Many rodents and insects like to use the openings surrounding electrical or utility wiring. If you notice any openings around utility wires, use caulk to seal up the extra space.
Declutter your home - Spring is not the only time of the year to declutter and get rid of things. Fall is a great time as well. Most animals, rodents, and bugs only want two things: food and shelter. If your home is cluttered, it gives these pests a place to hide and search for food when you are not expecting it.
DON’T HAVE TIME? CALL HOPPER TERMITE & PEST, INC. TODAY!
If you don’t have time to survey your home for entry points or you feel like you may already have some new roommates, give Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. a call today. Our trained technicians know where to look and can work with you to come up with a pest control plan. We can come out for individual service calls, or we can set you up with a year-round plan to help attack pests and rodents all year long.
Don’t wait until you have an infestation this winter. Give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206. And remember, we also serve commercial properties. Your business is just as important as your home. Keep it pest free with Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc.