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Knowing When Termites Are Present in Your Home

ThinkstockPhotos-176475233Termites are extremely destructive pests that can cause extensive damage to the structure of your home in just a short period of time. Thus, the key to preventing termite damage is knowing how to spot the earliest signs of a termite infestation. As soon as you think you may have a termite problem, contact your Tucson pest control expert for a professional evaluation and treatment plan to protect your home and its value.

Termite Swarms

Termites reproduce by sending out swarms of juvenile insects to find a location in which to build a new colony. These swarms consist of winged termites, meaning you may encounter a “cloud” of termites inside or outside your home. If these pests have already settled in or near your home, you may instead find their discarded wings, particularly along windowsills.

Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites create hollow mud tubes, approximately the diameter of a pencil, to connect their food source with their colony. These mud tubes may be visible on the exterior of your home, particularly near the foundation, or on interior walls and ceilings. If you find a mud tube, it is a sure sign of termite activity in the area and should prompt a call to your pest control service for a professional pest inspection immediately.

Frass

Termite droppings, also called frass, are another sign of pest activity in or around your home. These wood-colored droppings appear as termites work their way through the wood of your home, and may look like small piles of sawdust near your baseboards or in corners. If you discover reappearing piles of frass in your home, it’s a sign that termites are active and must be addressed.


Termites are a common pest problem in the Tucson area—DSR Pest Management, Inc. can help you eliminate these insects and keep them away from your home to protect your property and belongings.  Please visit our website for more details about termite pest control and our other residential services, or call (520) 790-7759 or 1 (800) GOT-BUGS to speak with a pest control expert about your needs.

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