How To Identify And Get Rid Of Termites In Your Atlanta Home

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Even if you were starving, you would not look to your home’s structural wood as a source of food. Things like wood, bark, cardboard, and newspaper are not built for human consumption. These things are, however, built for termite consumption. These local insects love to eat things that are rich in cellulose. If possible, termites will invade your home to find something to nibble on.

Here are some methods for termite identification you should know and how to stop these pests from causing trouble inside or around your Atlanta home. Reach out to Squash A Bug Pest Control if you would like our advice on how to deal with these destructive insects. We offer many great options for pest control in Atlanta and would be more than happy to help you identify and handle an active termite infestation on your property. 

How To Identify Signs Of Termite Activity

When termites take over a home, they leave behind clear signs of infestation. The only problem is that it can take months before more signs of termites present themselves. We highly recommend keeping your eye out for early warning signs of these pests but do not recommend only using this method to identify infestations indoors.

Keeping this in mind, you should look out for two common early warnings; pencil-sized mud tubes crawling up your home’s exterior and life termite swarmers flying around outdoors. Swarmers might discard their wings on exterior window sills. For more help spotting these pests, bring in our team for a thorough inspection. 

With Time, Termites Will Cause Extensive Damage To Your Home

If termites have been inside your home long enough, clear signs of damage will present themselves. These signs include moisture damage to walls, floors, ceilings, sagging floors, buckling beams, peeling or bubbling wallpaper and paint, difficult-to-open windows and doors, and squeaky floors. You might also notice visible damage to foundational wood in crawl spaces.

We highly recommend taking action well before this type of damage presents itself. We will talk more in a bit about how to get rid of termites and methods to prevent these pests year-round. Before this, let’s discuss how infestations start in the first place. 

How Termite Infestations Start

Termites do not just invade every home they come in contact with. These pests look for wood that they can easily eat through. In the case of subterranean termites, these pests like wood that is moisture damaged or softened in other ways. Most infestations start through the process of budding or swarming. Budding occurs when colonies expand through tunnels underground, and swarming occurs when these pests send out winged reproductive members. If you see what looks like long black ants with longer oval-shaped wings inside your home’s exterior, do not hesitate to call in our professionals, as this could mean you are dealing with an active infestation. 

What It Takes To Get Rid Of Termites: Call The Experts

There are many reasons you should want to avoid termites here in Atlanta. If you are looking for the best way to handle an active problem inside your home, bring in our team for a service visit. We will inspect your home and property for active infestations, remove problems we find, and establish long-term treatments to prevent future invasions from occurring. It really is that simple.

Contact our team at Squash A Bug Pest Control to discover more about our advanced service offerings and find out just how easy it is to control termites in Atlanta when you have professionals on your side.

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