How To Tell If Your Ontario Property Has A Termite Problem

December 15, 2020

In their natural outdoor habitat, termites are considered extremely beneficial to the environment. Termite activity assists with the decomposition of dead trees and soil aeration, and the nutrients they put back into the soil helps forests grow strong and healthy.

termites in nest eating wood of home

Regardless of their work in the wild, termites are dangerous and destructive pests when it comes to your Ontario, California, home. Most homeowner’s insurance policies won’t cover the cost of termites, and the damage they cause can be devastating. Each year, termites cost U.S. property owners more than five billion dollars in property damage. Don’t let your residence become a statistic. Protect your Ontario home from unwanted termites before it’s too late.

Termite Identification And The Damage They Can Cause

When it comes to termites in Ontario, the eastern subterranean termite is the most common species in the area. There are distinct castes within the species, and each of them presents a different physical appearance.

Eastern subterranean termites are creamy-white to dark brown or black in color, and they are typically ¼ - ½ of an inch in length. Swarmers have long, narrow, oval-shaped bodies with wings, while workers have large mandibles, rectangular-shaped heads, and wide bodies that are flat and wingless.

Termites can remain active year-round. They perpetually feed and they never sleep. Termites will eat anything that has a cellulose base, including structural timber, sheetrock paper, books, and magazines.

The dangers associated with termites are strictly related to the outstanding damage they can cause. If the structural integrity of your home is compromised, support beams may weaken and studs in load-bearing walls can give way. All of this can happen without any warning when the signs of an infestation have been long overlooked. Now is the time to find termite control for your Ontario home.

Reasons Why Infestations Often Go Unnoticed

Termites are known as the "silent destroyers." Unlike most home-invading pests, termites don’t leave obvious signs behind, and you won’t see them roaming around your home. Termites can eat through the structural wood of your home for months or even years before the slightest suspicion is raised.

Infestations are often difficult to pinpoint. Termites remain out of view inside the structural wood located above ceilings, behind walls, below floors, and behind wooden trim. Without preventive maintenance, infestations often go undiscovered until after an irreversible amount of damage has occurred.

If left to feed long enough, termites are capable of totaling the structural integrity of your home. When it comes to termites, you can never be too proactive about the health and safety of your property. Prevent an infestation before it has the chance to start with residential termite control for your Ontario home.

Signs Of A Termite Invasion

Termites start by invading wet or rotting wood in warm areas with high levels of moisture. When looking for signs of an infestation, it’s usually best to start your search in locations prone to dampness.

  • Termites build mud tube tunnels from wood and soil to protect them from drying out as they travel from their colonies to their food source. Look for long mud tubes about the width of a pencil around the exterior of your home. This is the most common telltale sign of an infestation.
  • If swarmers have entered your home, you will notice small piles of discarded wings near door frames and windowsills.
  • Termites can enter your home through cracked cement in the basement, which leads to damaged support beams. Inspect any exposed beams for traces of feeding tunneled into the wood. Keep an eye out for mud tubes on the ground, especially near open crevices.
  • Another sign to look for near exposed beams is termite frass. Frass is essentially termite excrement and looks quite similar to piles of sawdust.
  • Inspect the exterior of your home near the ground and above the foundation for damaged wood on decks, stairs, windowsills, and door frames.
  • Termite damage can lead to windows sticking or opening and closing freely. If this is the case, you may also notice paint or wallpaper bubbling around windows and doors.
  • Tap on softwood or support beams to see if there is a hollow sound. Hollow wood is an indication of an infestation.
  • Bulging walls, sagging ceilings, and sinking floors are signs of a longstanding and decimating infestation.

The sooner a termite invasion is controlled, the better. Costs will only continue to rise as long as these damaging pests have a meal to feed off of. Termite control is a job best left for professionals with effective solutions to your termite problems.

Protect Your Home With Professional Termite Control

If you see signs of termites, there’s no reason to waste time and money attempting to eliminate them on your own. EarlyBird Extermination is a local, family-owned and -operated pest control company. Our family has been proudly serving the Ontario community with personalized attention and customer care for 25 years and counting.

As an EarlyBird Extermination customer, you will receive the courtesy and respect that is to be expected from one family to another. We provide treatment methods and procedures that are safe for your home and your loved ones.

EarlyBird Extermination delivers full-service termite control with a 100% satisfaction, money-back guarantee, and our consultations are always free! Contact us today to find out more about our termite extermination services. 

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