How To Tell If Your Maryland Property Has A Termite Problem
November 13, 2020
Maryland is such an enjoyable state to live in. While outsiders might know us for crab cakes and football (thanks, pop culture), Maryland has some of the most stunning properties on the East Coast. Now, we Maryland homeowners take a lot of pride in these properties, but termites are a direct threat to our peace of mind, hard work, and finances. The more we know about termites, however, the better chance we have of keeping them away from our homes.
Seeing The Signs
You may know that termites can do a lot of damage in a home, but you might not realize how much damage they can do or how quickly they can do it. The termites that inhabit the northeastern United States typically only take about a year to do over $3,000 worth of damage to a home. And, disturbingly, most homeowners don’t notice the signs of termite activity until extensive damage has been done. In order to avoid this costly outcome, you need to be aware of what a termite infestation can look like in your home.
- Mud tubes: Subterranean termites create mud tubes to get from the soil to the wood of a home. However, these tubes are usually created in dark, damp, hard-to-reach places, so they are easy to miss.
- Frass: as dry wood termites chew on the wooden structures of a home, they’ll kick wood pellets and excrement out of the tunnels. This mixture will land on the floor near the baseboards when infestations are severe. (Subterranean termites keep their waste inside their tunnels.)
- Swarmers: winged termites in charge of colonization may swarm in large, grey clouds outside of your house on a warm day following a rainstorm. Seeing swarmers on your property is a good indication of a nearby colony.
- Tight-fitting doors and windows: if your doors and windows are becoming difficult to open and close, this could be a sign of severe internal damage caused by termites.
- Soft clicking noises: if you hear clicking from within your walls, it could be termite soldiers.
If you see these signs, you’ll need to notify pest control professionals right away since termites are extremely difficult or impossible to get rid of on your own.
While they may be hard to get rid of on your own, there are some things you can do to limit the chances of incurring a termite infestation. Your first set of prevention activities involves moisture management. Since termites love to eat softened wood that has been subject to moisture damage, keeping the wooden structures in your home dry is essential to prevention. This includes:
- Using a dehumidifier to control moisture
- Monitoring your house closely for leaking pipes
- Utilizing an effective gutter and downspout system to make sure rain runoff doesn’t pool up close to your house
If you can manage your moisture well, you might not have as big a target on your back. However, you’ll also want to pay attention to the best practices for managing property conditions. Make sure to:
- Store firewood away from your home and keep it up off the ground.
- Create a buffer between the soil and the wooden parts of the foundation.
- Call a professional pest technician for advice specific to your home and property.
Every home is different, so a custom termite consult can provide you with the best information on how to keep your home termite-free. Plus, the most effective way to prevent or eradicate termites is with the help of professionals. Remember, if you do witness the signs of termites in and around your home, don't waste time and money on ineffective home remedies. Call the pros at Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care. With years of experience, friendly technicians, and appointments available, we’re ready and able to help as soon as you need us. Don’t wait until termite damage costs you thousands; call Royal Greens today.