11 Signs Of Termite Activity To Watch For Around Your Baton Rouge Property

May 27, 2020

When we think of pests, we may consider rodents or cockroaches to be the biggest threats. But, believe it or not, termites are notoriously one of the most destructive pests in the bunch. They can cause large-scale property damage that not only threatens the structural integrity of your home and/or business but also puts you and everyone else on the property in danger. Termites feed on wood and other cellulose materials where they nest, mate, and grow their colonies. They slowly erode and weaken the construction until it’s completely destroyed.

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Signs Of Termite Activity

Termite activity tends to go unnoticed for long periods of time. Perhaps the signs are too subtle, or the damage is negligible, or maybe there’s just no indication of termite activity altogether. Whatever the case, termite activity often goes undetected to the point of no return. The sooner you’re able to catch the problem, the better your chances are of minimizing the damage, so being aware of common indications is crucial. When it comes to termite activity, here are 11 signs to keep in mind.

  • Damp, damaged or weakened wood

  • Discolored drooping drywall, and ceilings/walls that buckle

  • Frass droppings and discarded wings near windows and doors

  • Mud tubes in the ground or on walls traveling to openings along your foundation

  • Pinholes left in the wood and other cellulose materials

  • Small tapping/clicking sounds from inside the walls and floors

  • Swarmer termites flying around looking for new places to nest (certain times of the year)

  • Visible cracks and crevices along the foundation

  • Windows and doors that are tight/hard to open

  • Wood structures with maze-like designs

  • Worker termites in the soil that look like white ants

If you notice any of the 11 signs above, you’ve likely had a termite problem going on for quite some time. It’s upsetting to think about how such a big problem could have been happening right under your nose without your knowing. We tend to wonder if we could have done anything differently or tried harder to protect the property. Something to be aware of is the fact that there are various termite attractants in your space, namely moisture.

Preventing Termites

Termites need moisture to survive. They build their colonies in damp, wet construction, so excess sources of moisture throughout your home or business will certainly attract termite activity. It’s crucial to identify all problem areas and address them right away. Here is a list of some useful preventative tips to protect your property from termites and reduce your chances of an infestation.

  • Avoid any wood-to-soil contact.
  • Eliminate excess moisture around the property.
  • Eliminate rotting or moisture-damaged wood.
  • Fix rotten areas of the roof to prevent entry.
  • Inspect all wood before bringing onto your property.
  • Install a dehumidifier in moisture-rich areas.
  • Keep downspouts extended away from the structure.
  • Keep woodpiles away from the perimeter of buildings.
  • Repair leaky faucets and faulty pipes.
  • Use vent fans in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
  • Use weather stripping for all doors and windows.

Implementing the preventative measures listed above can prove extremely useful in deterring termites from infesting your Baton Rouge property. It’s important to be proactive, and any effort to reduce moisture around your property is helpful. Still, there is no protection as reliable as professional pest control services.

River City Termite & Pest Can Help!

River City Termite & Pest offers comprehensive coverage from termite activity all year-round. Whether you currently detect termites, or you simply want to seek security for the future, you’ve come to the right place. Our team will customize a strategic approach to effectively detect and eliminate existing termite colonies. Not only that, but we’ll address all of the conducive conditions around your property, making any necessary modifications to keep these destructive wood eaters from damaging your home moving forward. Call us today to set up your initial inspection.


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