What To Do If You Spot Signs Of Termites Around Your Modesto Home

September 15, 2022

One of the major issues with termites is how hard they can be to detect, leading to significant damage before infestations are addressed. Signs of termites around your property are an indication that you need to take immediate action to protect your home from these pests. The best way to do that is with professional pest control in Modesto.

termites crawling in a group on wood

Easy-To-Spot Signs Of Termites

So how can you tell if you have termites? While the signs of termites do not often become obvious until significant damage has been done. There are some things you can be on the lookout for, including:

  • Mud tubes on exterior walls 
  • Peeling or bubbling paint
  • Wood that seems hollow when tapped
  • Termite swarms 
  • Termite wings near doors or window sills
  • Termite frass (droppings that look like sawdust) near active areas

You'll want to take immediate action if you notice these or other signs of termites. If you are looking to stop a termite infestation in your home before damage occurs, it can be helpful to have an annual inspection by a qualified termite and pest control expert. 

Termites Can Destroy The Structural Integrity Of Your Home

Termites are essential to the natural ecosystem in breaking down decomposing material; however, this behavior is the opposite of helpful in our homes. Termites eat anything made of cellulose and do not differentiate between the natural world and our homes. To them, a dead tree is no different than our support beams, floors, and walls. Some termites, like Formosan termites, are so aggressive that they can chew through a foot of 2x4 wood in less than a month. 

Often, the damage may be advanced when you notice a termite infestation in your home. In total, termites cost homeowners around five billion dollars each year in property damage. What's worse is that this cost is typically not covered by homeowners' insurance. The sooner you detect and treat for termites, the less damage they will have time to inflict, so it is important to find an effective solution right away. 

Contact The Professionals At The First Sign Of Termites 

While many homeowners may be drawn to do-it-yourself termite control, this approach is seldom an effective solution. Because termites live underground and inside the wooden structures of our homes, it can be almost impossible for most people to locate their nests, much less treat these areas effectively. While over-the-counter termite treatments may eliminate some of the individual termites, they are unlikely to eliminate the root of the problem. 

The professionals at Peace Of Mind Pest Control are experts in preventing and controlling termites in Modesto. We will locate termite nests, treat active areas, and prevent termites from returning to your property. Our services and warranty program are an excellent way to protect your property now and in the future. The sooner you call, the less damage termites will have time to inflict on your property. If you're unsure if the signs you see indicate termites, you can call to sign up for our free limited termite inspection.

Simple Tips To Prevent Future Termite Infestations In Your Home

The experts at Peace Of Mind Pest Control are happy to help you eliminate termite infestations, but avoiding termite damage in the first place is the best approach. You can minimize your chances of termite infestations by doing the following: 

  • Eliminate excess moisture around your home by repairing leaks, maintaining drainage, and using dehumidifiers in poorly ventilated areas.
  • Replace any rotten wood, damaged weather stripping, or loose mortar.
  • Keep an 18-inch gap between the soil and any wooden portion of your home.
  • Store firewood away from your home and remove rotting fence posts and stumps from your property. 
  • Monitor for signs of termite activity.

These are all things you can do on your own to discourage termites from settling in your home. If you spot signs of termites – it's time to call the professionals. Peace Of Mind Pest Control is here to help with all of your termite and other pest control needs. Call today to find out more or schedule your first service. 

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