Getting Your Austin Property Ready For Termite Season

4/15/2021

It’s logical to assume that if your Austin home or business had a pest problem, you’d notice it. You’d expect to see the insects and creatures, if not their nests or waste. Spotting any destruction they executed would be anticipated as well. The thing is, these aspects aren’t always visible. It may be hard to believe, but many critters can slide on by undetected. Size and hiding places are a factor. With all of this in mind, taking constant preventative measures is wise. This is especially true for termites.

termite activity in wooden walls

Termites are wood-destroying insects that wreck properties so badly, Americans fork over a total of $5 billion in relevant costs to cope with them. Insurance companies hardly ever get involved to assist. These bugs typically hide behind walls, so their rubble usually isn’t seen until it’s too late. Find out how Accurate Termite & Pest Control can protect you during termite season.

When Does Termite Season Start? What Are Termite Infestation Signs?

Unfortunately for home and business owners, there are multiple termite subspecies. They don’t all flock at the same time either. Thus, at least one population will be active each season. Some of the known subgroups in the area are quite busy in the springtime. The task of mating and launching new colonies goes to the winged swarmers. Many are brown, yellow, or black. They are about ½ of an inch long. When they leave stuffed nests, they’ll buzz toward the nearest light source. Workers are primarily responsible for ruining the wood. They are white or grayish-white, and 0.12 of an inch long. Soldiers with rectangular heads are around to guard them, using their large jaws. Swarmers are the only ones to emerge, and therefore, are the main sign of infestation. Other tip-offs are:

  • Noticing translucent and scaly swarmer wings scattered about 
  • Discovering mountains of fecal frass in proximity to maze patterns, mud tubes, and holes by termites
  • Hollow sounding foundations 
  • Hearing soft clicking and rustling noises from inside walls
  • Seeing that paint is chipping, and looks frothy or water damaged 
  • Drywall turning baggy and pale in color
  • Tiles coming loose and floorboards giving way
  • Window frames and doors being very stiff

As you might imagine, bases and walls will weaken in the wake of a termite infestation. The potential outcomes are concerning. There could be a collapse. Someone can easily get hurt, or even die from their injuries. Homeowners may have to consider relocating or finding a temporary place to stay. A periodic or permanent closure will be on the table for business managers. None of these steps will be simple or inexpensive to take. Additionally, those who have allergies could have reactions to termites. Disease won’t be an issue though.

What Can You Do to Prevent Termites?  

Again, you have to stay on top of termite prevention protocols to be ahead of these pests. You can begin with lawn and building care by:

  • Noticing translucent and scaly swarmer wings scattered about 
  • Discovering mountains of fecal frass in proximity to maze patterns, mud tubes, and holes by termites
  • Hollow sounding foundations 
  • Hearing soft clicking and rustling noises from inside walls
  • Seeing that paint is chipping, and looks frothy or water damaged 
  • Drywall turning baggy and pale in color
  • Tiles coming loose and floorboards giving way
  • Window frames and doors being very stiff

As you might imagine, bases and walls will weaken in the wake of a termite infestation. The potential outcomes are concerning. There could be a collapse. Someone can easily get hurt, or even die from their injuries. Homeowners may have to consider relocating or finding a temporary place to stay. A periodic or permanent closure will be on the table for business managers. None of these steps will be simple or inexpensive to take. Additionally, those who have allergies could have reactions to termites. Disease won’t be an issue though.

How Will Accurate Termite & Pest Control Handle Termites?

Our name, Accurate Termite & Pest Control, makes it clear that we put effort into our termite elimination. Experienced technicians will meticulously examine your land, so that proper treatment plans are made. Our powerful, but safe, solutions include Termidor® and pre-construction options with BoraCare. These affordable services will have a warranty. Wood-Destroying Insect Reports are also available. Call us today at Accurate Termite & Pest Control for a free estimate with no-obligation! 

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