Wood-Destroying Organisms and Your Home

February 11th, 2015

We have seen firsthand that in more humid environments like the South, termites and wood-eating insects are a bigger problem than they typically are in other places. So here is some information on different ways you can identify termites in your home and when to call St. Augustine pest control services to take care of this problem.

Inspect the Wooden Surfaces

Inspect the wooden surfaces of your home such as window and door trim, mantels, and wood flooring. As gross as it sounds, termites use their own feces or pieces of dirt to cover their handiwork. If you are seeing these little patches of what looks like mud on or around your wood, you might have termites.

Termite Wings

Termites have a pretty gross practice of shedding their wings when they start swarming together. The wings are small but if you start noticing them as you dust or clean around the house, you will want to call a pest control technician immediately. If you find wings but are not sure whether they are termites or not, it is better to be safe than sorry and you should check with a professional pest & termite control company anyway.

Sawdust Piles around the House

Termites are going to make little messes of sawdust around your home. If you spot tiny little piles of sawdust on wood surfaces in your home, you likely have a termite problem that we can help you with. These piles might be tiny, but they will look just like any other sawdust pile that you would see after sanding wood furniture, just smaller.

Termite Tubes

Although many people think that termites live in their homes, feasting on the wooden components of their houses, many termites actually live outside and travel back and forth between their own homes and the food source. Investigate your backyard for termite tubes, the little trails that termites use to navigate back and forth.