Subterranean termites are becoming quite common in the New York City area. Although these termites are not as harmful as the drywood termites found in other states are, they can still do considerable damage to your property if they are allowed to become entrenched.
Subterranean termites live underground and they travel from the ground up into your home to feed on the wood on a regular basis. They build small mud structures that run up the sides of a foundation and look like flat mud pencils.
It takes some time for termites to infest a home, and they often go unnoticed until they already have a mature colony built up inside. If they can be identified within the first six months, they aren’t likely to do extensive damage to your home, but if they are left alone they can seriously harm the structural integrity of your home.
Signs of Termites
If you notice any of these signs of termite infestation it’s important to hire an exterminator examine your house. Although you won’t always have an infestation, being proactive will help keep your home free of pests all the time. Call an exterminator when you see:
- Clean holes through wooden sections of house.
- Hollow sounding walls, beams, or flooring.
- Mud tubes running from the ground around your home to the wood on it.
- Flying termites showing up inside your home.
- Discolored wood inside or outside your home.
You might also see discarded wings from termites even if you don’t see the pest themselves. Subterranean termites swarm between March and June to find new places to establish a colony. After they move in, they shed their wings which you may notice in your home and around the foundation outside.
We can apply one or more of a variety of treatment methods, depending on the specific species of termites and the severity of the infestation. Common treatment methods that work well are exterior wood treatments, termite barriers, baits, and insecticides.
It’s common for our pest control team to utilize a few of these techniques to get rid of an infestation.
After applying the treatment to your home, technicians will wait a few weeks, then return to inspect the property. This is to ensure that the treatment was completely effective and that the termites are gone for good.
We also offer termite monitoring services. Since many homes in New York and New Jersey are at risk for termites, monitoring can ensure these wood eating pests are detected early, limiting any costly damage.
Contact Us Immediately
If you see any signs of termites in your home, or you just want to be sure you don’t have them, give us a call. Our representatives are highly professional and can answer any questions you have about a termite infestation.
We’ll give you a free estimate and schedule an inspection that same week for most addresses in NYC.