Whereas most bugs are typically just a nuisance to find inside a clean home, termites can be detrimental to the walls and foundation of the building! Termites are wood eaters that can enter our homes and often remain undetected for some time. Some unfortunate homeowners have in fact only discovered them far too late, and there is too much wood damage to salvage it. Termites don’t only eat wood, but many other kinds of matter too, and in your home this means that they may be consuming paper, cloth, even your carpets! Even in homes with very little wood in their making, termites can still infest wooden furniture and wooden cabinets.
There are many types of termites; in fact roughly 2,800 species of them have been classified to date. The most common types you’ll find in and around your home are dampwood termites, drywood termites, subterranean termites and Formosan termites. When first looking at termites they will appear to have two segments to their bodies and four wings of equal size. They come in a range of colors, most typically a dark brown for adult insects and white for younger bugs.
Signs of an infestation can include a hollow sound when any wood in the home is tapped. Bubbling paint and insect droppings, as well tubes made from mud going up exteriors of homes. Visible mazes in walls are a sign of an advanced infestation, and wood that is swollen or buckling often indicates severe damage.
While termites do play a vital role in the natural world, from food for people and animals and the cleanup crew of fallen trees, they can wreak havoc on our homes. Termites are not something to attempt to exterminate yourself, but typically require the help of a professional so that you can be sure the infestation is stopped and damage to your home and belongings is ceased.
If you become aware of any of the signs of termite infestation, or if your neighbors have termites, call your local Empire State Pest control professional immediately. Our trained New York termite control experts will inspect inside and around your home looking for areas that are vulnerable to termite infestation. We will examine areas where termites forage for moisture and food, giving special attention to conditions which are conducive to termite attack such as cracks, voids, and spaces where wiring and utilities pass through walls and slabs.
Our inspectors are well trained in termite behavior. They know where to look for termites and can determine how they got there. We will recommend the best treatment method for your particular home or business, using the top rated products available today in the New York termite control industry.
With these advanced termite treatments, the termites actually spread the pesticide among their colony themselves, effectively exterminating the entire colony before they can begin feeding on your home. Not only will our treatment methods eradicate current termite problems, but they will protect your biggest investment for years to come.
Call us today for more information about our NYC termite control services or to schedule a free termite estimate in New York City.