Termites, like other insects, are an unwanted guest in anyone’s home. Most entomology departments receive more calls about termites than any other pest. There are various types of termites, but subterranean termites are serious pests. Their extermination is best left to professionals if you want to preserve your home and your sanity.

Pest control expert removing termite mud tube from wall.

You may wonder: why should I worry about termites? The exhaustive truth is that termites cause billions of dollars’ worth of damage each year. They primarily feed on wood, but they may also damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. They are capable of injuring living trees but prefer woody plants already in a state of decline. It is important to ask whether a home or building that you are looking to buy has the previous infestation of termites.

It is also important to understand the signs of a termite infestation in your home. If you discover winged termites indoors, this almost always indicated an infestation that needs professional treatment. They can sometimes be confused with ants. However, ants have far less uniform looking than winged termites. They are attracted to light, are often seen around windows and goods, and can be seen appearing from tree stumps, wood piles, or other locations in the yard. These does not typically cause a great concern but can indicate a growing or future problem with these pests.

Drawing illustration of a termite and a winged ant.

Other signs include earthen, or mud, tubes, that extend over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, floor joists, and the like. Termites construct these tunnels for shelter and travel between underground colonies and the structure and are typically the diameter of a pencil. A professional may break open the cells and check for the milky white worker termites within the tubes. Regardless of whether a mud tube is empty, you should still notify a professional pest control. Termites often abandon parts of the structure while digging in others.

Providing the best pest control services in the Coachella Valley and several other locations, Bug Guys Pest Control takes extermination seriously. Because our customers are family to us, we make each home and each extermination as if it were our own.

For over 20 years, the Bug Guys have been providing pest control services such as Coachella, Indio, Palm Desert, and several other locations. If you need a pest control service to help you restore the beauty of your home from a termite infestation, the Bug Guys will be there every step of the way.

 

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