Do You Know What to Look For?Just the name “Termites” can strike fear into any metro Atlanta homeowner, and for good reason. Termites are some of the worst pests that can inflict the most damage on any home. Termites are known for sneaking into homes through cracks in the foundation and wreaking real havoc to the interior wooden structure, sometimes literally right under a homeowner’s nose. And the worst part is, termites are know for staying silent and sneaky. This makes it difficult to spot the damage they inflict until it is too late.
While termites can be difficult, they are not impossible to handle. If you keep your eyes open, you might be able to spot the telltale signs of a termite infestation as they appear and act accordingly. The professionals at SWAT Services have over 30 years of experience treating termite problems in Marietta, Cobb County, and Metro Atlanta and we want to share all that we know so you can be best prepared and recognize signs of termite activity.
Here are three common signs of termite activity in Marietta:Early summer swarm
Termites reproduce after a swarm of their winged forms emerge on a warm spring or early-summer day. These swarms actually come straight from the ground, so if you witness this happening, you know its termites. If you don’t see the swarm, you might see a lump or large collection of little wings instead, possibly down in the cellar.
Do termites really eat wood? Yes, they really eat wood and they love it. If you are doing a little bit of carpentry to repair a part of your home and find holes or hollows in the wood frame, a termite family has been feasting there. Sometimes you can do a quick-check for termites by rapping your hand onto wooden sections of your home, especially down in the basement or anywhere near the ground level and if it sounds hollow, it probably is and termites are probably to blame.
Tiny mud tunnels
Nothing scares a termite more than being exposed to the elements for too long. This is why they live inside the wood they eat, and why they build tiny tunnels made of mud along, near, and around their colonies. If you see little mud tubes – usually no thicker than a pencil – running along your walls, termites have created their own highway system and are probably still lurking inside your home.
If you see any of these termite warning signs, you need to act quickly. The longer you let termites stay in your property, the more damage they will do. If they are widespread enough, you might be looking at a massive repair job to ensure your home is structurally sound.