Date Posted: November 15, 2019
Termite infestations are Providence property owners’ worst nightmare. These destructive insects typically invade during early spring and summer, when mature colonies send out winged reproductives to create satellite colonies nearby. Once reproductive termites have found a structure to infest, they shed their wings and begin creating a colony of their own, possibly within the walls of your Providence home. Termites are difficult to find, especially because the majority of the damage they cause is hidden. If termites have infested your property, here are a few signs you can look for to identify them.
Tight-fitting doors or hard-to-open windows
Frass, which is a mixture of termite droppings and dust particles
Mud tubes on the walls or structural beams of your property
Sagging or spongy floors
Spots that look like water damage
Sunken or cracked ceilings
Are termites dangerous?
Termites aren’t dangerous in the traditional sense. These small insects don’t sting, bite, or spread diseases as many other pests do. They are a danger to the structural integrity of your home. Termites cost property owners in the United States over 5 billion dollars each year. A single colony can cause extensive damage and weaken the structure of a home in as little as 5 years, depending on the size and maturity of the infestation. Even a small colony of termites is capable of eating through a 2x4 within 6 months. Termite infestations often aren’t discovered until several years after the initial infestation took place, which allows termites time to create larger colonies.
Termite Prevention Tips
A great way to avoid termite damage is to deter termites before they arrive in your Providence home. To avoid attracting these wood-eating insects to your residential property, consider a few of these termite prevention tips.
Reduce excess moisture on your property by repairing leaking pipes, drains and spigots
Cut brush and thick foliage away from your exterior walls to allow sunlight to shine on your foundation to dry moisture
Remove stumps, woodpiles, logs, and other wooden materials from your lawn
Clear debris from your gutters to ensure water is drained effectively
Seal gaps and cracks around the exterior of your home to eliminate possible entry points
Contact professional termite control
If an infestation has already occurred on your property, the only way to get rid of it is to contact the reliable pest technicians from Big Blue Bug Solutions. We have everything you need to keep your Providence home protected from the damage termite infestations cause. For more information about our effective termite treatment and control options, reach out to us today.