How To Spot Termite Problems On Your Torrington Property

termites chewing on a wooden structure

This may be troubling to read, but the visual absence of pests around your Torrington property is not a guarantee. Many creepy crawlers are capable of penetrating your home or business without being detected. Wreckage may be the only indication of an invasion. This happens often with termites.

Termites go after wood and end up dismantling buildings. Americans lose plenty of cash each year trying to combat or recover from these bugs. An estimated $5 billion is spent in total, with little to no assistance from insurance companies. Given these factors, it would be prudent to be aware of infestation hints. Find out what they are and how Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control can save the day.

What Are Signs of a Termite Infestation? What Are the Dangers?

Termites in Torrington create sizable colonies that consist of workers, soldiers, and swarmers. Across the multiple subspecies, the size and color of each vary. However, workers that take precedence in this area are usually white or grayish-white and 0.12 of an inch long. While they shred wood, yellow-brown soldiers defend them with their thick mandibles and rectangular heads. Most people don’t see these termites because they reside beneath the soil and inside walls. Reproductive swarmers will be caught though because they fly out of nests that are at capacity. Their ½ of an inch-long body is black, brown, or yellow. Of course, they have wings. You might see them around windows and lamps since they gravitate to light. As you might guess, swarmers are a pivotal sign of infestation.

Further notices are:

  • Finding the scaly and translucent wings of swarmers
  • Discovering stacks of fecal frass close to the holes, mud tubes, and maze patterns of termites
  • Having walls that sound hollow
  • Hearing soft noises behind walls 
  • Seeing that paint is looking frothy and bubbling 
  • Observing that drywall is lumpy and discolored 
  • Tiles that are falling apart 
  • Floorboards giving way under pressure 
  • Stiff window frames and doors

Believe it or not, termites help sustain the environment when they attack decomposing wood. The activity allows the soil to receive replenishing nutrients. Subsequently, trees and plants will be able to grow normally and well. This benefit won’t mean much to home and business owners who suffer because of these insects though. In the wake of termite upheaval, the bases and walls of a structure will decline. In addition to the risk of injury, moving to another place and stopping operations are real possibilities. It will also be expensive. Another issue will be allergic reactions, even if disease won’t be.

What Are Ways to Prevent Termites?

Perform these tasks to reduce the chances of dealing with termites:  

  • Remove or fix rotten or damaged wood.
  • Have leaks and moisture defects repaired right away; begin with those affecting wood. 
  • Patch up gaps in utility lines, foundations, and caulk. 
  • Put screens on all doors that face the outside.
  • Clean gutters and vents frequently. 
  • Sit plants and woodpiles at least two feet from the property.
  • Don’t let free wood, like carpentry panels, touch the soil.
  • Cut the grass and trim greenery regularly. 
  • Have annual professional inspections by Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control.

How Will Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control Exterminate Termites?

The expert technicians at Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control will install industrial-grade bait stations for termites around your property. This equipment is designed to efficiently eliminate termite colonies. Liquid treatments for wood will also be utilized. All of our solutions are safe for humans and pets. Follow-up visits and warranties are attached. Pre-construction options and Wood-Destroying Insect Reports (WDIR) are available as well. Call today for a free estimate on our effective home pest control and commercial pest control services. Don’t waste time and money on weak retail pesticides!