How To Tell If Your Frisco Property Has A Termite Problem
In our Frisco service area, we have two types of termites that damage homes. They are drywood termites and subterranean termites. Subterranean termites are, by far, the most destructive of the two. One reason they're more destructive is that they're stealthier than drywood termites. So let's start with how to detect drywood termites, since they're the easiest of the two.
Drywood Termite Detection
If you have drywood termites inside your home, you're likely to know it. Here are a few ways drywood termites lack the sneakiness to do significant damage to your home.
Waste — These termites create tiny kickout holes and push their frass out on floors and sills. Frass is a material that is made up mostly of drywood termite feces. These tiny pellets are about 1mm in length and have the coloration of the wood the termites are feeding on.
Damage — You may start to notice changes in the wood of your home. Tiny holes or deterioration may appear. You might see honeycomb dents in your baseboards or other hardwood structures. Pay close attention to window and door frames. They are common targets for drywood termites.
Workers — You could catch drywood termite workers in areas that are dark, or at night when you turn a light on. They look like tiny, pale-colored ants. They may even gross you out a little bit because they can look like maggots from a distance. You'll find them in large numbers near hardwood.
Swarmers — When a nest matures, it begins to produce male and female winged reproductives. We call these "swarmers" due to the fact that they gather together into a swarm during the mating process. If you notice lots of tiny, white-winged insects in your home, you have a termite infestation. Hopefully, it is a drywood termite infestation.
Subterranean Termite Detection
If you have subterranean termites in your home, they are going to remain exclusively inside their tunnels. This type of termite is highly dependent on moisture.
Waste — Subterranean termites keep their waste inside their tunnels and do not produce frass for you to see. Subsequently, they don't create kickout holes either.
Damage — The damage done by subterranean termites is almost exclusively on the inside, but you might be able to detect damage outside in locations where there is wood-to-soil contact. A detailed inspection, and the removal of dirt in key areas, can expose this damage. If you find termite damage, it will look like trenches have been carved into the wood. If you don't find visible termite damage, you may be able to detect damage by tapping on support beams and listening for a hollow sound.
Swarmers — Subterranean termites produce winged reproductives, but they are rarely released inside man-made structures unless the ground nest is extremely close to the structure. For this reason, we consider the appearance of subterranean termite swarmers on the inside of Frisco homes to be a warning sign of a severe infestation.
Workers — It is rare to see subterranean worker termites indoors unless you're remodeling. You could, however, see them outdoors if you go looking for them. Pick up thick branches in your yard and look underneath. If you have a pile of camp wood, construction materials, wood pallets, or some other form of wood that sits on the ground, you may find workers underneath.
Tubes — When subterranean termites attack your property, they create above-ground mud tunnels if they can't find wood-to-soil contact. These tunnels are referred to as mud tubes or shelter tubes. You will most likely find them in dark, damp, shaded spaces underneath structures.
What You Can Do About Termites
No matter what kind of termites you find on your property, it is essential to have a certified termite control professional perform an inspection and guide you in selecting a treatment plan to address the problem. While you can purchase over-the-counter products to address termites, there is a significant risk.
Not all products are created equal. Some just don't work.
Products that work can be administered incorrectly. If you do it wrong, you could leave your home susceptible to significant damage.
Without training and proper tools, you won't be able to perform an inspection to determine that your termite problem has been resolved.
If you live in Frisco, Texas, contact Adams Exterminating Company for advanced termite solutions. The products we use are the highest rated and most effective. These products are administered and installed by trained, experienced (and super friendly) termite control technicians. We begin this process with an expert evaluation and then follow-up with inspections to ensure success.
You don't have to wonder if your Frisco home is being damaged by termites. Reach out to us today to schedule a service visit. We're here to help.