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Do I Need A Professional To Deal With Termites On My South Maine Property?

termite damage to a home

Termites are the most destructive home-infesting pest. They are responsible for billions of dollars worth of damage each year. This damage is not only expensive but also dangerous. These wood-destroying pests are no joke, which is why all South Maine property owners should know how to spot the signs of termites, how to remove them, and how to prevent them from coming back again.

Signs Of Termites On Your South Maine Property

Termites usually range between ¼ to ½ of an inch long and have a cream to brown coloring. This pest also has straight antennas and soft bodies and is often confused for ants.

There are several signs of termites that all South Maine property owners should be aware of.

  1. One of the first signs of a termite problem is swarmers, flying reproductive members. Once they land at a new location, they will drop their wings so that you may find piles of discarded winders on windowsills and near baseboards.
  2. Termite galleries, or damage, are another sign of this pest. It is easy to mistake termite damage for rotting wood, so be sure to consult a professional if you are unsure.
  3. Termites create sawdust-like waste called frass, which you might find piles of near damage.
  4. A soft clicking sound from inside the walls can signify a termite infestation. This sound is created by soldier termites banging their heads to warn the rest of the colony of danger.
  5. Different types of termites come with other signs, for example, subterranean termites need contact with moist soil to survive, so they use mud tubes to travel from their nest to the food source. Mud tubes can often be found around a home’s foundation. 

Ways To Prevent Future Termite Infestations In South Maine

If you have active termites in South Maine, it's imperative that you contact professionals for assistance. But learning ways to prevent future infestations can be invaluable.

Follow these basic guidelines:

  • Address moisture issues like clogged gutters, leaks, and water-damaged wood. You should also remove organic debris like leaves from your yard because it can hold moisture that attracts termites.
  • Store firewood away from your home’s foundation. 
  • Use crushed rocks between solid and your home's foundation as a barrier.
  • Seal any potential entry points in your home's foundation and exterior walls.

The best way to prevent termites is with ongoing professional assistance.

What Is The Most Effective Type of Termite Treatment In South Maine?

Different types of termites require specific methods of control. Because of this, the most effective type of termite treatment is by the experts.

Experts can safely assess the damage, identify the species, and provide the proper treatment to eliminate termites. Without this knowledge and experience, removing termites can be dangerous and even cause an infestation to worsen.

If you see signs of termites on your property, you should contact professionals for termite and pest control services.

Who To Call About Termites On Your South Maine Property

If you have active termites on your South Maine property, you should contact us at Big Blue Bug Solutions. Our termite control method includes a thorough inspection of termite galleries and assessing the damage. We will identify the species and begin treatment to eliminate your current termite problem. This service comes with a one-year warranty that can be renewed and transferred if the home is sold. We will also make recommendations on making your home less attractive to this pest.

Give us a call at Big Blue Bug Solutions to learn more about our termite and pest control programs.