In our area, the termites we battle are called subterranean termites. They are the worst of all termites because they're secretive insects. When they come into your yard, you're not going to know it. Worker termites can travel as far as the length of a football field in search of food. The food they eat is most often wood. If these insects discover that your home is made of food, you're going to have trouble with these insects. And once you start to have trouble, it can be very difficult to get rid of them. So, can't you just purchase a termiticide and perform termite treatments to get rid of subterranean termites? We wish it were that simple. Unfortunately, these insects don't make your life easy. Termiticides often fall short of getting effective results. There are many reasons for this. Improper selection of products, improper application of products, and improper monitoring and evaluation. Let's take a look at a few key factors to help you locate termite activity, evaluate the success of termite treatments, and look at what works best to protect Merrimac properties from these destructive insects. How's that sound? Great. Let's get into it.  

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subterranean termites

When Is Termite Season In Merrimac?

Spring, summer, and fall are typically termite season in our area. During the winter, subterranean termites tend to stay in their nests, deep in the ground, below the frost line. When things warm up in spring, they come back to the surface and begin to present a threat to properties once again. In spring, you may see active termites and this can alert you to a termite problem. You might find a termite swarm in your house. This is the most obvious sign. You might pick up a dead branch in the yard and see pale insects crawling all over it. You may move a wood pile and find pale insects on the ground beneath the wood. There are many ways you may notice termites during termite season. This could give you an early warning or help you to evaluate termite treatments.

How Do I Know If My Merrimac Home Has Termites?

It is very difficult to locate active termites inside a home. While swarmer termites emerging on the inside of your home will be a sure giveaway, this is actually the exception, not the rule. If you're hoping to find signs of termites in your home, you're likely to be disappointed. You can have millions of termites feeding on the wood of your home without seeing or hearing any signs. Your best chance of detecting termite activity early and uncovering a termite problem is to perform inspections on the exterior of your home. 

  • Look for termites hidden in decaying wood.

  • Inspect your exterior for shelter tubes. These are mud tubes created by worker termites to travel from the soil to the wood of your home.

  • Inspect spider webs for shed termite wings.

  • Inspect any wood-to-soil contact and look for damage to the wood.

If you inspect for signs of termites in your home, here are a few tips.

  • It is possible, under the right conditions, to hear clicking noises in your walls. This is the sound of termites banging their heads on tunnel walls. They do this to warn the other termites that there is a threat, such as an ant attack.

  • You might find shelter tubes on interior walls and surfaces. They're likely to be in humid spaces.

  • You could find termites feeding on cardboard, clothing, or some other material that has cellulose. Do a detailed inspection of storage rooms and basement areas.

What Does A Termites Infestation In Merrimac Look Like?

It doesn't look like a whole lot. If you don't see a termite swarm in your house, or detect shelter tubes, a termite infestation may not look like much at all. These insects can feed on your property for years without presenting any noticeable signs. This is the unfortunate reality of termite infestations.  

How Do Residents In Merrimac Get Rid Of Termites?

At the first sign of termites, Merrimac residents should turn to Freedom Pest Control. We use trusted termite control products and our licensed pest professionals perform evaluations to make sure the products get the job done. We know of no better way to protect your home from destructive subterranean termites. If you have questions about the products we use, or you'd like to learn more about how professional termite control differs from DIY termite treatments, we would love the opportunity to answer those questions for you. Our goal is to offer the highest level of pest control in Merrimac and provide residents with solutions that protect their properties and safeguard their health. Connect with us today. We look forward to assisting you with this important pest management for your home and family.

 

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