To call termites “pests” is an understatement. Most pests are dirty, and you don’t want them in your house. Termites, on the other hand, can be destructive on an entirely different level. If termites are left unchecked, they can eat away inside your home. A home that has been previously infected by termites is at higher risk for re-infestation. That is when termites decide to come back for round two.
In this blog, Drake Lawn & Pest Control will go over early warning signs of a termite comeback and what homeowners who have had them before need to do. If you suspect termites have returned, you need an expert by your side. Contact Drake Lawn & Pest Control for a free estimate of our termite treatment services in Orlando, Florida.
What You Can Do to Prevent Re-Infestation
There are several ways in which you can prevent termites from returning. First, you can remove soil-to-wood contact around your house. Then, make sure you eliminate all sources of excess moisture around your home. During swarming season, keep outdoor lights off at night.
If you need outdoor lighting, relocate lights to recessed areas of the home and away from doors and windows, as light attracts termites. However, these are not guaranteeing you will avoid a termite re-infestation, but it does help, and they represent small things that homeowners can do regularly.
Early Warning Signs of Re-Infestation
The key to preventing re-infestation is to be proactive. By keeping in place, a termite protection plan and checking your home periodically for termite damage, you can spot a potential issue before it becomes a full-fledged problem. Be aware of the most common signs of termite activity:
- Hollowed or damaged wood
- Blisters in wood flooring
- Mud tubes
- Termite droppings
- Discarded wings
If you’ve had termites before, you might know what these signs look like, or where the infestation came before. Check the spaces where you have previously seen termites and ensure termites have not returned to the same place. Unfortunately, if you have noticed any of the above-referenced signs, a swarm is likely already present. However, you may have caught the signs early. At this point, you must call Drake Lawn & Pest Control.
What to Do When Termites Return
When termites want to become your destructive tenants again, you need to do what you did the first time they appeared. Contact Drake Lawn & Pest Control for our termite control services. When you choose our termite removal services, the first thing we will do is inspect your home to determine the extent of your re-infestation. We will also look for the presence of other factors that may influence cost and treatment options.
Then, we will treat both the soil surrounding your home and the home’s structure itself. Finally, we will create a barrier around your home to keep termites from reaching your home through underground tunnels. If you suspect you have a re-infestation, do not hesitate to call Drake Lawn & Pest Control for a free estimate.