March

27

2013

 
Termite Damage To Wood

Is your Denver home suffering from termite damages?

Have you ever seen a swarm of termites in Denver? Although swarms are a common occurrence every spring, they do not always take place in a location where we can see them. But do not be fooled, even if you do not see any swarming termites near your Colorado home, our Denver pest control pros warn that this does not mean you are safe from the threat of a termite infestation.

Termites become more active in the spring as the cold Colorado weather keeps them from coming to the surface during the winter. In fact, in many cold climates, subterranean termites dig deeper into the soil as a way to stay warm through the winter. But when the spring sun warms the ground, termites will start to move about in search of their favorite food source...the wood in your home! Termites are responsible for over $5 billion in property damages each year in the country which is why you do not want to take your chances.

Other pests like ants for example are much easier to spot because ants forage for food out in the open. Often times ants are found marching in a line to a food source in the kitchen, which makes ant identification quite simple. But when it comes to termites, they stay well hidden. The workers chew wood from the inside out which means you are not likely to know about the infestation until you see the damage to wood structures in and around the home.

To help our friends living in DenverAurora and Boulder, CO prepare for the spring when termites become more active, here are the common signs of a termite infestation:

  1. Mud tubes along the ground which are the tunnels in which worker termites travel from the colony to their wood sources.

  2. Structural damages, including wood that looks warped, sagging or otherwise appears damaged.

  3. Termite swarms which are when hundreds of flying termites (swarmers) flee from the colony.

Keep in mind that while termites (including the swarmers) are harmless to humans, the wood sources around the home are not so lucky. With termite colonies containing thousands of workers, soldiers and swarmers, the wood sources in your home and around your property can suffer extensive damages.

To learn more about termites in Denver and Boulder, including spring termite swarms, please contact EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions today. We are here to help you stop termites before they have the chance to leave you with costly structural damages. So now that termites are becoming active, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for any signs of termites and call us for a termite inspection!