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Termites are insects that love feeding on wood, making homes an easy target. There are two types of termites that are commonly encountered by homeowners, which are worker termites and swarmer termites. Workers are creamy colored, about three to four millimeters long, and are typically only seen when a mud foraging tube is broken or infested wood is broken open. Swarmers, on the other hand, are the reproducers of the termite colony, about four millimeters long, and are a dark brown or black color. They lose their wings shortly after emergence, so they may or may not have wings.
Three key indicators of a termite infestation include (but are not limited to):
Areas of blisters in wood flooring can indicate termites that are feeding within or below. Termites can also cause damage to your subflooring and make it appear as though it has water damage.
If you notice signs of wood damage below or behind surfaces like floors, walls, etc., this can be a sign of a termite infestation. Termites chew through wood in search of cellulose and leave behind long grooves, which, over time, weaken the wood and create structural damage.
Another telltale sign of termites is discarded termite wings that are found in the home, especially near closed windows, doors, and other home access points.
When you notice a termite infestation, it generally means that professional pest control treatment is needed in order to prevent any damage to your home or its structure. You won’t want to attempt DIY methods or leave the infestation untreated, as getting rid of entire colonies is an intricate process, and, when left untreated, can end up costing you thousands of dollars in repairs.
Be proactive about preventing expensive termite damage by searching for signs in your home on a periodic basis and maintaining a pest protection plan with a reputable and highly trusted pest control company like the team at High Country Pest Control in Colorado Springs. This helps diminish the worry of having to spend money on costly repairs due to new termite damage in your home, and most importantly, helps to keep your family safe.