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There are a lot of common household pests. The one that we most dread about is termites. They have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. They are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew woods, floorings, and even wallpaper without us noticing. They also eat products made from trees, like paper products, cardboards, and books. They eat twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Early detection is vital to prevent and control termite infestation. Termite Inspection Santa Ana is a must to check any pests around the area. 

Signs of Termites Infestation

You might see them flying around before you can even recognize they are termites. One sure sign is when you see a massive swarm of termites flying around your area and if you also see discarded wings around your home. You might not see the problems right away, and there will be a high possibility that you might have that problem in the future.

  1. Mud Tubes

Mud tubes serve as their protection since they are soft bodies. Termites nest in the ground, but they travel away from the nest to find something they can feed. The moist mud tubes protect them from predators and keep their bodies from drying out when exposed to air. 

They plaster together using the glue-like secretion from their mouths the soil mixed with wood particles, that becomes the mud tubes or tunnels. 

2. Noises

Termite noise sounds like a munching or tapping sound coming from inside the walls. When they are threatened or disturbed, they communicate by banging their heads against the walls of their tunnels. They create rattling sounds that human ears can hear. Termites cannot hear audible noise; they respond to the vibration they feel.

3. Hollow and Sounding Wood

Termites usually eat the woods from inside out. If you have walls or sections that should be compact and sound hollow when tapped, this could be because they have eaten away at the wood. As they continue to burrow, they make the wood significantly weaker and results in hollow and sounding wood.

 

Prevent Termite Damage

Treating to prevent termites is always better treating an active infestation. While do-it-yourself seems appealing and cheaper, the best solution is to hire a professional service once you suspected that there is possible termite infestation around your area. 

Aside from calling the exterminators, there are ways to prevent these pesky pests from attacking your home. You can use termiticides to treat a termite infestation. It is also good to eliminate wood to ground contact in your house. Anything of wood should be six inches above ground level to prevent them from getting into your house.

Remember that calling a professional may cost more money initially, but it will save you money for future damages.