It’s spring again and time for that annual housecleaning. Your garage might need a good clean-out and maybe your front lawn could use some work. There might, however, be one other important step that you’re missing this spring: a termite inspection.
Termites are wood-eating insects that perform an important ecological role by breaking down dead wood and returning the nutrients to the environment. Unfortunately, if left unchecked, termites might also break down the wood that makes up your home, leaving you with expensive repairs and a house that might not be safe to live in. Termites can compromise the structure of your home, eat into your furniture and walls, and damage other wooden valuables beyond repair. Damage from out-of-control termite infestations can easily reach into the tens of thousands of dollars.
Termites are not difficult to spot, but they are easily confused with other insects, particularly ants. Termites are small, with four wings and six legs and a long, narrow body. Unlike ants, the body of a termite is evenly shaped, without the “hourglass” abdomen characteristic of an ant. Termites also have wings of equal length, while ants have a larger set of wings in front. Take a look at a picture here comparing the two.
If you have even the slightest suspicion that your home is infested with termites, you must act quickly to remediate the problem. Once termites begin the process of damaging your property, they will continue digging away until measures are taken to stop them. If you’re in Southern California, contact Tiger Termite Control. They’re the number one pest control company in the region and will create a customized treatment plan for your home – so that you can get back to living your life.