Most experts will agree that the key to effective pest control is early detection. Whether or not you know what kind of pest you are dealing with, what’s important is that you find out where they are hiding inside your house, how they were able to get inside, and which areas of your house they most frequently visit.
The most difficult pest to look for are wood-destroying insects, particularly the termites. You won’t know you cohabitate with them until you notice your foundations are getting weaker or until your floorboards start creaking. What’s worse is that, these insects are the best at hiding and they generate the worse and most expensive damage to your properties and the entire house as well. In fact, it often takes 3-8 years before you see signs of termite infestation, at which point, your house has already taken a lot of damage.
To help you easily find where these common wood destroying insects hide, consider these tips.
One of the most common causes for pest control are termites. To find where they are hiding, you need to look for signs of infestation by tapping your wooden walls, foundations, door frames, floor boards, etc. Use the handle of a screw driver to tap on your walls and floorboards. If you hear a hollow sound, then you’ve got an infestation in that area. You can also consider poking the screwdriver in your walls. If it goes in easily, that area is most likely hollowed inside because of termite infestation.
Another tip off that would tell you have termites at home is when you see discarded wings near your windows and doors primarily during spring as this is their mating season. This is when termites go out to mate and start new colonies. When they find their mates they shed their wings and go underground.
Aside from termites, there are other pests that require you to call professional pest control assistance. Before you bring them in, make sure you know what you’ll be dealing with. Here are some tips to help you find where common house pests are hiding.
Carpenter ants – These insects leave piles of mixed wood shavings and fecal matter as evidence of their presence in your house. They love to hide in damp and decayed wood and often make a nest out of it.
Powderpost beetles – This type of beetle usually comes out during the months of May through August. During these times, be on the lookout for small holes the size of a pinhead on the wood parts of your house. Powdery wood shavings near the wood are also sure signs that your house is infested with powerpost beetles.
Call AAA Pest Control now for a thorough and professional home inspection to help you find the pests that you are living with.
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