Nashville and Murfreesboro TN
The word “termites” is a dreaded word for all home or business owners. We see them as a destroyer of home, and we almost have a phobia about these tiny creatures as if they were the Plague in the Middle Ages. Even though we dread what termites can do, most of us believe that we are safe from them if we don’t live in the woods. This is completely untrue! There are strong reasons for hiring a pest control company to do a termite inspection for you, and your partners at Ameri Care Services have provided some important insights to help you make this important decision.
What Are Termites?
Termites are small, pale soft-bodied insects that live in large colonies with several different castes, typically within a mound of cemented earth. Many kinds feed on wood and can be highly destructive to trees and timber.
Termites are active across the state, from Memphis to Nashville to Chattanooga to Knoxville, Tennesse. Subterranean termites are known to damage homes in Tennessee. Drywood termites are not native to Tennessee.
Termites are drawn to moisture. Wet wood, soil, and mulch are ideal habitats for these insects. If you have had any water damage, such as leaking gutters, rotting deck wood, pooling water in the basement, or a leaking roof, then you should schedule a termite inspection immediately.
When looking for signs of possible termite infestations, the signs can be categorized into either new infestations or infestations that have gone on for years.
Signs of a new termite infestation include:
- termite swarmers on exterior walls
- shed swarmer wings littered on window sills or your back deck
- mud tubes on exterior foundation walls or interior walls
- winged insects underneath mulch or other wood products in your yard
Signs of an on-going termite infestation include:
- warped windows
- sloping floors
- bulging walls
- doors that don’t open
- swarmers on interior walls
- clicking sounds inside your walls
If you have seen any of these signs, it is probably time for a professional inspection.
Wood, Lumber, and Mulch
Obviously, wood and wood products will lure wood eaters into an area or home. Most people will make the mistake of thinking that termites only go after trees, decks, and then go inside the home. Make no mistake, termites like all types of wood. Termites especially are drawn to wood that is wet. Exterior bushes attract termites as does mulch, wood piles, and construction materials. If you have had these wood lures outside and close to your home, it is probably time for an inspection.
Termite Inspection in Nashville
Given that termites in your home can cause thousands of dollars in damages, having year-round protection from these pests seems like a great investment. If you are not covered, you should at least get an inspection. Finding termites eating away at your investment is not a reality you want to be living! We are ready to help! Contact us at (615) 893-7111 today!
The professionals at Ameri Care Services are proud to serve clients in greater Nashville, and Murfreesboro, TN areas.