Freedom Pest Control receives calls about termites in many different forms. It may be the house hunter asking questions about a specific area of damage in the basement. It may be from a homeowner who just came home and found thousands of wings in a window on the sunny side of their home. Or, it could be the apartment renter who found hundreds of small bugs in her bathtub.
Termites, more specifically Eastern subterranean termites, cause an estimated $5 billion in damage every year to homes across America. Every spring when the temperature, relative humidity, and dew point reach a specific point in your home, termite swarmers are drawn out of the wood like ants to sugar. This is the time of year when alates, the swarming termites inside of your home, emerge from their colony in search of a mating partner. They are attracted to light, so they normally come out and flutter towards your windows. You might think you have a month infestation or flying ants. But the truth of the matter is they are termites and they’ve most likely been in your home for about five years, the amount of time it t takes for a termite colony to develop before they swarm. This means that termites have secretly been doing damage to your home for all that time.
What to Do about Termites
The first thing you need to do is call your local professional exterminator. Freedom Pest Control is incredibly knowledgeable about termites and our technicians are experienced at exterminating them. Your technician will inspect your home and point out specific conditions that are conducive to the termites and steps you can take to deter them. Some of these steps include reducing moisture and removing bark mulch around your home (this is because any material containing cellulose that has contact with the soil around your home or in your basement is a feeding ground for termites).
If you think you may have a termite infestation, please call Freedom Pest Control today at 1-877-55-PESTS. We’re happy to come out and give you a free in-home estimate!
A termite infestation is never good news and should be dealt with immediately upon being discovered. Termites cause billions of dollars of damage to homes and business on an annual basis. Nevertheless, termites and termite swarmers are quite interesting. Read on to learn more about these wood-eating menaces:
Termites, a relation to the cockroach, have been on earth for over 200 milion years
They have a varied palate
Some termites will eat just about anything that is made from plants, in addition to wood. Some have even been known to chew on plastic.
They shed their wings
When they set out to create a new colony, reproductive termites grow wings. Once the new colony is established, they shed their wings.
Workers and soldiers are blind
Because they spend their lives in dark, damp locations, the worker and soldier termites have no need for sight.
Termites never sleep and are constantly eating. This is one major reason why they are so destructive.
Even though they never take a break, a colony only eats about a pound or two of wood per day.
They like to tunnel
Rather than eating large chunks of wood at a time, termites prefer to eat in tunnels. This habit can ruin a structure.
Colonies work together
A structure with extensive termite damage has likely been caused by multiple colonies.
A queen termite lays millions of eggs in one lifetime
They’re head bangers
When a threat is detected, termites will bang their heads against walls to send warning vibrations to the rest of the colony.
We at Freedom Pest Control are experts in termite treatments. Please call us today at 877-55-PESTS to schedule your in-home evaluation today! Or, live-chat with one of our customer service representatives for an instant quote!
Is the noise of squirrels in your attic driving you nuts? Here in the northeast, it is common for gray squirrels, red squirrels, and flying squirrels to take up residence in your attic. Squirrels will often make their way into your attic, especially during the cold months, through roof vents, roof edges, roof soffit intersections, wall vents, chimneys, and plumbing mats. Squirrels may do damage as they search for these points of entry and, once inside, they will build nests, create a mess with droppings and urine, and can produce a great deal of noise.
Female squirrels give birth to a litter sometime in the spring, starting in March and continuing through the month of June. Therefore, it is especially important to address a squirrel infestation during this time of year before the number of squirrels in your attic multiplies.
Below are six signs that you might have squirrels in your attic:
- Noises – listen for the sounds of scratching, rustling, and chewing early in the morning and during the evening
- Smell – droppings and urine will begin to emit a very unpleasant smell and the nest may release a musty odor
- Nests – squirrels will often build more than one
- Damage – be on the lookout for holes in siding, vents, and roof soffits as well as damaged insulation or chewed wires
- Squirrel Activity – check for an increase in squirrels and squirrel activity in your yard and around your home
- Droppings – although hard to distinguish from the droppings of other animals, finding droppings in or around your home, coupled with these other signs, is a good indicator of squirrels
We recently shared all you need to know about termite swarmers, including how to distinguish them from ant swarmers and how to identify if you’ve been visited by them. Signs of termite swarmers in your home is an indicator that you may have a termite infestation. Because of the extensive damage that they can do, a termite infestation should be taken very seriously and addressed in a timely manner.
Signs of Termite Activity
Every year, termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage to homes and businesses. If you have suspicions of a past or current termite infestation, look for some of these signs of damage in and around your home: small holes in drywall, drooping drywall, crumbling and damaged wood, stuck windows or doors, peeling paint, wood that sounds hollow, and squeaky floorboards.
Signs of a Termite Infestation
Termites will often leave behind clues that they have taken up residence in your home. These are some telltale signs:
Mud Tubes: tunnels created termites that allow them to move from the soil and into a structure
Earthen Packing: mud-like earthen packing will sometimes be seen on foundation walls and joints and is produced by termites working inside the wood
Termite Noise: a tapping sound may be heard in areas that are densely infested by termites
Piles of Wings Near a Light Source: these wings are left behind by termite swarmers that are looking to reproduce and create a new colony
The Danger of Termite Damage
Termite damage often goes unnoticed until dangerous damage has been done. Some termites can consume up to fifteen pounds of wood per week and, because termites will feed on anything that has been made from wood, they will often eat items like paper, books, and furniture. Termites cause major structural issues from the inside of the home. This damage can be extremely expensive to repair and, in some cases, can be irreparable.
Freedom Pest Control can help you fight those destructive termites! Call us today at 877-PESTS-55 to schedule your free in-home evaluation!
Termites, also known as the “silent destroyers”, can go undetected for quite some time and can do a great deal of destruction before they are discovered. In fact, termites cause about five billion dollars of damage to American homes every year. Finding evidence of termite swarmers in your home is a sure indicator that you may have a termite infestation. Termite swarmers will typically appear between late March and mid-April, depending on the weather. But, what exactly is a termite swarmer?
Termite swarmers are adult male and female termites that have wings and can reproduce. As the weather turns from cold to warm, the swarmers will be released from their current colony to venture out and create a new one. An existing colony may release hundreds, or even thousands, of swarmers. Swarmers that find an ideal location for reproducing will become the kings and queens of their new colonies.
Identifying a Termite Swarmer
A termite swarmer is often confused with an ant swarmer. However, there are several differences that help to identify between the two. First, Termite swarmers do not have a segmented body while ant swarmers have a distinct head, thorax, and abdomen. Second, the antennae of a termite swarmer are straight and the antennae of an ant swarmer have a ninety-degree bend. Finally, termite swarmers have four wings that are the same size and ant swarmers have two pair of wings that are different sizes.
What about those Wings?
Once termite swarmers have landed in a location that is suitable for colonizing, they no longer need their wings. The wings will be discarded and sometimes even eaten by the termites themselves.
Signs of Termite Swarmers
When termites swarm, they head towards a light source. Finding a pile of wings near a light source in your home, like in a window sill, is a sure sign that you have an infestation. If you suspect that this is the case, search the outside of your home for mud tubes. A mud tube is a tunnel created by termites that allows them to move from the soil and into a structure where their food source would be.
Freedom Pest Control is here to help! Call us today at 877-PESTS-55 to schedule your free in-home evaluation!