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Termites: Know the SignsJust the thought of your home being infested with termites is enough to make any homeowner break out in a cold, panicky sweat. Part of this is for good reason because termites do cause billions of dollars in structural damage in the U.S. alone. The good news, though, is that termites are slow eaters. If you think you have termites and treatment is applied, your house could come away with little damage. The even better news is that if you have proper home maintenance, including regularly scheduled termite inspections, the chances of significant damage being done decreases significantly. You can schedule your regular maintenance program with SWAT Services. We offer Termite Control one of the best termite warranties, which you can read about here: http://www.swatservices.com/termite-control-marietta-ga/. Contrary to what many believe, termites are active year round (not just in spring and summer). Here are some signs to look for in your home to know if termites are creeping in:
1. SwarmsTermite swarms are hard to miss. They swarm when the young termites have developed wings and are ready to search for and establish a new colony. Swarming often occurs in spring, but can also occur in the summer or fall.
*Picture courtesy of http://termite101.comOkay, we know, it’s gross. But termite excrement is an important sign to look out for. If you find piles of tiny, thin strips, like those pictured, it could be termite droppings.
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3. Mud Tubes
*Picture courtesy of www.rosepestsolutions.comOne thing that termites need to survive is moisture, so they create mud tubes, which allows them to commute between their nest and food source without drying out. You would usually find these running from foundation blocks, in a crawl space or on the inside walls of homes. If you see this, you definitely have termites crawling around in your home.