If you own a home in Texas you need to be concerned about termites. Be sure when you are purchasing a home you have a pest inspection done particularly for wood destroying insects or WDI
Termites can be the most expensive insect pest you will ever get in your Texas home.
You may be thinking " I’m not too worried about my home–it has been treated in the past." It doesn't matter. Really - Did you know Termites are naturally in the ground.
Swarming season starts with warm weather and rain, like we've seen lately. It provides the perfect trigger for springtime termite swarms.
So what are the signs of a termite problem in the home? The most common sign that your home might have a problem is the:
- sudden appearance of black winged insects. Those are called termite swarmers, the reproductive caste of the termite colony. Once a year, swarmers will leave the underground nest to fly and find mates–preferably mates from a different colony.
When swarmers show up indoors it’s almost a sure thing that worker termites are active somewhere in the house.
- dirt in odd locations, like in a window frame, doorjamb or on a sheet rock wall. Prior to swarming in a home, termites often build a small mud swarm tube at the point in the wall from which they will emerge. The tubes may be small (less than an inch across), or relatively large (up to a foot long), but they usually have a similar consistency and look of a mud dauber wasp nest. Remember, you will not likely see the small white worker termites in your home, unless you break open a wall, or one of these swarmer tubes. Worker termites don’t willingly expose themselves to light, or dry air, and usually stay well hidden inside walls or underground around wet locations.
• Keep the soil around the house below the top of the foundation
• Remove any wood piles from around the house or in the garage
• Look for any water leaks, drips around the house or underneath