Termites are a very common pest problem that cause billions of dollars of damage every year. There are many types of termites, but subterranean termites are by far the most common termite here in the San Antonio, Schertz, and New Braunfels areas. Termite colonies are underground and they send worker termites out to collect food and bring it back to the feed the colony. Unfortunately for us, their food consists of dead wood, which is what most houses are built with. Termites can get into your walls and silently destroy the wood framing without you even realizing it. It is wise to have a professional termite inspector, from a reputable company like Beeline Pest Control, come into your home on a regular basis to see if termites have decided that your home is their lunch. There are, however, a few things that you can do to help out between the inspections.
One of the most important things that you can do is to learn the tale-tale signs that termites leave behind and then just pay attention. One of the most recognizable signs that you can readily see is mud tubes. Termites build “mud” tubes that are used as little termite highways to travel to and from the colony. Not to gross you out but that “mud” is actually not mud it is termite feces. Usually, you can crack the tube open and see termites walking through the opening. These tubes can show up anywhere in your house and are pretty obvious. A very common area that you can find them is on the outside of the house leading from the dirt up into the house. The bathroom near the bath traps is another common area, but they can literally be anywhere in the house.
Another sign that you should look for is” bubbly paint”. Termites love to eat sheetrock paper. They will get between the paint layer and the plaster layer and eat the paper. When they do this it will look like the paint is bubbling. You can crack open the paint and see little trails in the plaster and of course more feces droppings. The droppings will look like grains of sand. If you ever see something that looks like termites, or if you just aren’t sure, be sure to give a call to a specialist at Beeline Pest Control and we will come out for free to verify if they are termites or not.
You will want to make you home unappealing to termites. Make sure there aren’t any areas inside or outside of your house that are constantly wet. Termites love wet areas. If you have a leaky pipe get it fixed as soon as possible. Also, make sure that the drains from your roof are away from the foundation of the house.
Finally, one more easy fix is to make sure there is no wood piles next to your house. If you are going to store wood for that cozy fire, or for any other reason, make sure it is stored up off the ground and as far away from the house as possible.
The bottom line is, even though the San Antonio, Schertz, New Braunfels area is a high-risk area for termites, we don’t need to live in fear of the little home invaders. With a little preventative work, we can greatly reduce the risk of infestation from Termites. If you do suspect that termites have come into your home, call Beeline Pest Control for a quick and free inspection.