You’re doing some gardening, when you come across these winged insects that look like ants. At this moment, you realize you’ve come across termites. The second thought usually to cross your mind is, “How will this affect my home?”
The fact is, termites in the yard could be a cause for concern – or not. Context is key. Their presence may indicate a potential termite infestation risk, but simply removing any wood – stumps, piles, or a fence – doesn’t necessarily decrease the likelihood your home will be attacked.
When you find yourself experiencing this scenario, what should you do for proper termite prevention?
Assess Your Yard to Help with Termite Prevention
A handful of termite prevention points indicate whether your home may be next:
- Have you already seen a swarm in your home? Know when to spot it.
- Any mud tubes near the foundation? Subterranean termites create these structures from the soil to a source of food – your home, in this case.
- Any visible entry points? Crucial ones leading to a termite infestation are excess soil and debris, wood structures that touch the ground directly, and firewood piles leaning against your home.
- Is there mulch? A thick layer – over one inch – attracts moisture, which, in turn, brings termites to your yard.
- Is there untreated wood? Termites tend to avoid pressure-treated wood, but untreated varieties are fair game.
Consider the Termites May Be from a Satellite Colony
What many homeowners don’t realize is, subterranean termites often build their nests several feet underground. What you see might be a satellite colony developing; the real risk might not even be evident. In order for termites to create new colonies, some of the insects from one colony grow wings and “swarm” to areas close by. If a flying termite is found in the home, a new termite infestation is at the beginning stages. Dead termites often found in windowsills can also be an indicator. Swarming termites lose their wings after finding a new residence, so wings and wing parts may be seen if no live insects are found. So, you might think, “Why not eliminate this source?”
When you take away a stump or remove wood already being chewed, the satellite colony simply transfers to another location.
Get an Professional Termite Inspection
A long-term termite infestation can potentially cause structural damage to the home as well. Signs of this may include sagging ceilings, ripples in drywall or paneling and peeling paint. Although these signs may be indicators of other structural problems, termite infestation should be considered. As a result, many homeowners work with termite removal kits, which are are easy to come by. However, identifying a source should be left to the professionals. When you’re concerned about a few termites flying in your yard, schedule an appointment with a termite control expert at Eliminate ‘Em for a proper termite inspection.
Eliminate ‘Em will evaluate your property to find the source – or to reassure you that this was a one-time incident. To find out, start by contacting us today.