Termites are the kind of pest that needs to be gotten rid of a.s.a.p., because the kind of damage they cause risks to cost you a massive amount of money and energy. If you have identified a termite infestation in your home, there are several routes you can take in addressing the issue. Of course, you need to remember that the best way to deal with such a situation is to call in a pest control team – but here’s what you can do as you wait for your intervention.
Is it really termites?
First off, you need to make sure that it is, indeed, termites you are dealing with and not some other, similarly looking insect, such as winged ants. Winged ants, also referred to as flying ants or carpenter ants look very similar in size, shape, and color to subterranean termites. They also destroy wooden furniture and structural elements, but they breed differently than termites and will not eat the wood they tunnel through per se. The best way to know if you are, in fact, dealing with mites, is to try and trap an insect and take it to the closest lab for testing. Lab experts will also help you determine an approximate termite treatment cost, by assessing the proportion of the infestation you are dealing with.
Swarmer termites come out at the beginning of the cold season, when the insects approach the maturity cycle of their lifespan. At this point, they need to shed their wings and fully come of age. Swarms will leave mounds of wings behind, which makes it easier to spot an infestation. Another important aspect to this point in the development of the infestation is that swarmers can be used to poison the entire colony. Although swarmer termites do not cause any damage themselves, by exposing them to a poisonous substance and killing them, you will infiltrate the colony. Termites feed on the dead bodies of other termites, so by having them feed on poisoned insects, you will ultimately poison the entire colony.
Destroy dirt tubes
Termites will tunnel their way through your home, in order to stay safe from predators and other types of dangers. They will build mud tunnels, which can sometimes be spotted on the ceiling, on walls or at the edge of where two walls meet. These tube-shaped tunnels are the color of mud and have the circumference of a pen or pencil. When you spot one, cut it open and check inside for the presence of termites. Most often, you will spot workers inside, which are smaller than the rest of the colony members and have nearly transparent bodies. A mud tube with no termites inside may mean that the mites have abandoned this particular tube and moved on to others – it does not imply that the infestation is over.