Rain Brings more Termites

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Termites do billions of dollars of property damage per year. Homeowners need to stay vigilant against these pests, especially when it rains.

Why? Where there’s moisture, there are termites. You may not have known it, but these destructive wood-eating pests love wet conditions and rainy weather. During times of significant rain, termites can create a damp, moldy home in the soil where they can find wood, leaves, and other organic matter—all considered delicious food sources.

Subterranean termites, referring to the species of termites that live in the ground, especially love wet weather. These termites also can do the most damage to properties. When it rains, these termites become more active as they travel to feast on the fresh, wet organic matter in the ground. Eventually, this can lead them to your home.

A little prevention on your part goes a long way. First and foremost, never let wood accumulate near your home. It doesn’t matter whether it’s branches, firewood or old pallets. Any type of wood quickly can become a teeming hacienda for termites that may find it easy to infiltrate your home.

Know the signs of termites

You also need to regularly check your home for signs of termite infestation, especially after significant rainfall when termites are going to be more active.

Any of the following can be evidence that termites are threatening your home:

  • Mud tubes: Subterranean termites build these as a means of travel. Termites may build these tubes near your home, on the foundation of your home, or even on the sides of your home.
  • Termite wings: Termite wings are small and can be misidentified as other organic matter such as cellulose from plants. However, these wings do have certain distinguishing features; they look like fish scales, all typically tend to be about the same size, will appear near openings like doorways and windowsills, and tend to accumulate in groups. If you find termite wings anywhere in or near your home, call a pest control professional in Nashville like Ameri Care Services to come and perform an inspection as soon as possible.
  • Frass: This term is used to termite feces, which is colored like wood and may be confused for sawdust. Termites leave frass in their wake so if you notice mysterious piles of sawdust developing; call your Middle Tennessee termite experts to receive an on-site evaluation.
  • Cracked and peeling paint: Paint damage occurs during termite infestations because the movement of the termites in the wood can cause paint to crack and split. This cracking and peeling also occur when wood is weakened as it is eaten from the inside out.
  • Soft wood: This is one of the most alarming indicators of infestation. If you have any wood in your home that suddenly feels soft to the touch, or notice sagging floors, thresholds that buckle, or walls that give when you lean against them, it is usually a sure sign of a wood-destroying insect. This soft wood also can develop outside your home on doors and shutters, as well as porches.

Termite Inspections in Nashville

Any termite problem needs to be handled by pest control professionals. The technicians on staff at Ameri Care Services possess the credentials, training, and experience to identify any type of pest—including termites—and then eliminate the problem. To learn more about our services, call (615) 893-7111.

Ameri Care Services is proud to serve the communities of Mt. Juliet, Nashville, and Murfreesboro in middle Tennessee.