Preparing Your Austin Home For Termite Season
March 16, 2020
Very few pests invoke as much dread or fear as termites do for homeowners. These insects are active all year, but they’re not always visible. However, there is one time of year when termites are quite visible, and this activity may be your biggest clue to a previously unknown termite infestation.
It’s possible you may not have heard of termite season and termite swarmers, but these two concepts are important in understanding termite behavior.
Termite swarmers, which are also known as alates, are simply winged termites. Their role is to reproduce and create a new termite colony. Finding a mate occurs when they swarm to find a new location. This swarm marks the beginning of the termite life cycle and is marked by visible flight from the male and female winged termites.
This occurrence happens during termite season, which generally occurs from March to November. While you may not be present for each swarm, there are clues left behind such as discarded wings or droppings. Since Austin is such a warm area for most of the year, it’s expected that termite season will occur in every month save for November-February. Please note, however, though they may be slightly less active during other months of the year, an active termite colony is still making progress in developing its population while eating viable food sources.
Why Austin Homeowners Should Fear Termites
Even the most uninformed person knows termites are bad news when they’ve invaded a home or business. However, very few understand the full impact a termite infestation has on people. That’s why we’ve identified the most troublesome facts about termites for easy review:
Buildings of any kind require a solid structure to remain standing. Termites eat away at this very structure, which compromises the integrity of the home or building. It’s estimated that the average cost of repairs is $3,000. Keep in mind that the extent of the damage, size of the home, and elements consumed by a termite colony will affect that final cost.
Besides the home’s structure, termites will also gladly eat away at other materials. This includes sheetrock, flooring, and even paint. As such, this requires additional repairs to correct the cosmetic damage. Depending on the type of cosmetic damage being repaired, this can cost homeowners roughly $2,000 or more.
Signs Of A Termite Infestation
The best way to get ahead of the problem is to know what signs to look out for. Termites actually leave behind a number of signs, which include:
- Compromised wood flooring: Termites will leave what looks like blisters in your wood flooring. By consuming the subfloor, this creates blisters or bubbles. This is often mistaken for water damage.
- Damaged wood: It’s not just flooring at risk. Walls and any other wooden structure are vulnerable to termites. Over time, the wood gets eaten from the inside out. Most often this looks and sounds like hollowed-out wood.
- Termite Swarms: This is one of the most visible signs of a termite infestation. If you observe a swarm or notice termite wings near closed windows or doors, then it’s definite that a termite infestation is in progress. Termite swarms bring additional problems since the entire purpose is to create a new colony. More colonies equal more termite damage.
- Mud Tubes: Termites cannot survive when exposed to sunlight, so these mud tubes protect them when moving between their nest and their food source. These will often appear around the foundation of the home.
- Frass: Termites aim to keep their avenues of travel free of unwanted debris, particularly their waste. Therefore, they will push their droppings out of the channels they're creating leaving behind piles of frass. Frass looks like a small collection of salt and pepper or sawdust.
Methods To Keep Termites Away From Your Austin Home
With any pest, there are ways to prevent them from taking over the home. Termites are no different in this matter. The best ways to prevent a termite infestation include:
Termites need moisture to thrive. The best prevention is to reduce or eliminate all moisture areas surrounding the home.
Everything from a leaking faucet to rotted roof shingles attract termites to your home. Keeping the home in good repair is a great way to prevent a termite infestation.
Check around the foundation for signs of mud tubes, bubbling paint, and hollowed wood to get ahead of the problem before it becomes a big one.
Consult With Professionals
Pest management is more than just treating an existing problem. It’s also a preventative approach to ensure termite infestations among other pest invasions doesn’t occur as well.
Termite Prevention With Bella Bugs
Our team at Bella Bugs knows what it takes to keep your home termite-free. Whether you need a one-time treatment or regular treatment, we have you covered. Our mission is a simple yet effective one. We treat every customer as if they were family while delivering real pest control results you can depend on.
Do you require termite prevention services? Then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional termite control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.