The Eastern Subterranean termite is present throughout North Eastern states such as Pennsylvania. This insect often creates damage to the structural timbers in buildings. By the time this damage is noticeable however, it has been the result of several years of infestation. In most cases, noticing the results of termite infestation, it is already too late.
There are several ways to recognize termite damage. Noticing termite swarms, or just their wings alone is a sign that termites are around. These termites are often confused with winged ants. Most of these species are only a nuisance, and do not create any structural damage. To identify wood that has been attacked by termites, there are tell tale signs. Look for grooves and pathways in the wood. These pathways will appear to have dirt glad to them.
Another sign of termites is the presence of termite tubes. Termites create these earth colored tubes for several different reasons. The primary reason is to protect themselves while in the runway. These tubes can also serve as exits for the winged termites. Places to look for these tubes include cellar walls, door, and window trim.
In states like Pennsylvania, most infestations occur in the basement. Wooden posts, steps, doorways, and trim are especially susceptible. When the infestation is severe, the flooring and framework can be damaged. Termites prefer areas near the furnace, chimneys, and hot water tanks.
So, how do we deal with termites once we notice an infestation? One of the first steps is contact at least three or more pest control operators. This is done in order to receive the best estimate for service. It is common for each individual controller to deal with termites in a different way. Places such as the Better Business Bureau (BBB) can give advice on what operator to contact. The less suitable a place is for termites, the less likely an infestation will occur. There are several things you can do to prevent an infestation. One of the first things is to remove all of the wooden debris from the premise. Another step is to remove any damaged timber.
More steps include providing adequate water drainage in the basement. It is important that the water drain away from the building. Another step is to fill all visible cracks in the foundation.
Other methods also include the use of termite baits. These have become popular over the last several years. These are especially important where wells and springs occur.
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