How To Tell If Your River Oaks Home Is At Risk For Termites

August 13, 2019

a swarm of termites damaging a significant portion of a wooden structure on a river oaks texas property

If your home or property in River Oaks has wood, then it is at risk of getting termites. Wood and plant matter provide termites with the nutrients they need. It is the main part of their diet, but they will consume other materials such as paper and drywall.

Because it is warm enough in River Oaks, termites are active year-round. The eastern subterranean termite typically swarms any time from February to May, which is when winged termites leave an established nest and look to start new colonies.  More on Termite Identification.

 

Factors That Could Be Drawing Termites In

Termites prefer moist, undisturbed places, such as crawl spaces. That is why they will be drawn to water-damaged foundations. In order to climb up the foundation of a home to get to the wood, they create tunnels that lead them to where they can begin feasting on wood to feed their colony.

Other things that draw them to homes are old stumps, downed trees, wood piles near the home, or building materials left on the ground. If you have overgrown vegetation that keeps your ground moist, or moisture-damage on your home, it will make your home more inviting to termites.

 

Warning Signs of a Termite Infestation

There are some warning signs that may indicate that you already have a problem with termites, or that you have moist wood that may attract them:

  • The first indication of termites may be if you notice small flying insects near your windows, or their discarded wings.

  • Mud tubes leading up your foundation.

  • Doors or windows that are stuck or harder to open because of swollen wood.

  • Squeaky floorboards or buckling wood floorboards.

  • Loose tiles because of moisture or swelling in wood or drywall.

  • Drooping or discolored drywall.

  • Crumbling or damaged wood.

  • If you tap on wood and it sounds hollow.

If you notice any of the above warning signs, it is time to seek professional help.

 

Why Call in the Pros?

Termites are hard to eradicate without help. They often go unnoticed in homes until a home remodeling job reveals their presence or the damage they have done becomes noticeable. Partnering with Modern Pest Control can save you from costly home repairs and frustration. Our qualified pest control technicians can find, treat, eliminate and even prevent future problems with termites. We utilize the Sentricon System to monitor for new termite activity. The system continues to offer ongoing protection from these destructive insects.

Don’t let termites force you into expensive home repairs. Contact Modern Pest Control today to schedule a termite inspection for your property.

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