Nashville and Murfreesboro, TN
Termites are like ants, they live just about everywhere in the U.S., including right here in Middle Tennessee. “You have a termite problem,” are words that no one ever wants to hear, but unfortunately, it happens. Termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage annually. Even a few thousands of dollars worth of damage could be enough to bust your budget. How’s that for sticking to your New Year’s resolution of saving money?
Today on the blog, our experts are sharing how to get rid of termites in Nashville.
The first and foremost way to get rid of termites is to know the signs of their inhabitance. Usually, termites are quite active for a while before you notice these signs, which is why you should regularly inspect your home to look for signs of termites or any other type of pest infestation. We don’t expect you to conduct an inspection as thorough as our technicians do, but keep your eyes peeled for these particular signs that could signal a problem with these wood-destroying insects.
Check for Mud Tubes
We drive our cars on roads to get from point A to point B. Subterranean termites use mud tubes. These termite highways provide a direct connection from the underground to their food source – YOUR HOUSE! These mud tubes protect and hide termites from their predators. They may be spotted along your foundation, walls, under flooring, baseboards, or inside of cabinetry. While we don’t recommend tearing holes in your walls and flooring, occasionally take a gander around your home to see if you spot any mud tubes.
Look for Blistering Wood
Blistered wood resembles water-damaged wood, which indicates subterranean termite activity. If your hardwood floors or any wooden structure of your home looks like it has been subjected to water damage, even though it hasn’t, it could be termites gnawing away underneath the surface of the wood.
Look for Droppings
Drywood termites leave their trace by their droppings, which resemble small coffee grounds. When drywood termites are present, you may spot their droppings along baseboards, near walls or doorframes, or any other wooden areas of your home, even furniture.
Check for Hollow Wood
Termites create tunnels inside the wood, which weakens it, and creates a hollow sound if you knock on it. If you spot any of the previously mentioned signs around your home, knock around on the nearby wood to see if any areas sound hollow. If they do, it is definitely time to call termite exterminators in Murfreesboro at Ameri Care Services.
Check for Discarded Wings
Piles of discarded wings are from reproductive termites, which, after they colonize, shed their wings because they won’t need them any longer. They will destroy wherever they colonize. Discarded termite wings are a good indication that you have a termite problem.
Termites are a force to be wrecked with, and you shouldn’t ignore their signs. If you notice that you have termites or are worried that your Murfreesboro home is infested with wood-destroying insects, contact Ameri Care Services by calling (615) 893-7111 to schedule a termite inspection. We provide services to the areas of Murfreesboro, Nashville, and Hermitage, TN.