If you think you have a termite infestation in your house, you need to call a pest control company to conduct a professional inspection. If the inspection finds evidence of dry wood termites, you have several options, depending on the degree of infestation. Fumigation and heating of the entire house are the only options that ensure eradication in the entire structure. If the infestation is contained in a small area, local or spot control may be effective. However, hidden infestations in other parts of the structure will not be eradicated.
How It Works
Termite Control in the Home
Wood-destroying insects and other organisms can cause serious problems in the wooden structural components of a house and may go undetected for a long period of time. We provide inspections for termites and other wood-destroying organisms by certified termite inspectors licensed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Subterranean termites are the most damaging insects of wood. Their presence is hard to notice, and damage usually is found before the termites are seen.
Inspect thoroughly to determine if there is an infestation, damage, and/or conditions that could invite a termite attack or the need for remedial control measures. The tools and equipment needed for an inspection include a flashlight, sharp-pointed screwdriver, ladder, and protective clothing.
Signs of Termite Infestation
If you see the following signs in your house, you might have termites:
• sawdust-like droppings;
• dirt or mud-like tubes or trails on the structure;
• damaged wood members (like window sills); and
• swarming winged insects within the structure, especially in the spring or fall.
Generally, the first sign of an infestation is the presence of swarming termites on the window or near indoor light. If they are found inside the house, it almost always means that they have infested. Other signs that may be found are termite wings on window sills or in cobwebs, and shelter tubes, which are tunnels constructed by the termites from soil or wood and debris. Usually, wood damage is not found at first, but when it is found, it definitely reveals a termite infestation. Anywhere wood touches soil is a possible entry into a home for termites. Examine wood that sounds dull or hollow when struck by a screwdriver or hammer. Inspect suspected areas with a sharp, pointed tool, such as an ice pick, to find termite galleries or their damage.