Termites find their nourishment from dead plant material and a substance called cellulose. Cellulose is commonly found in wood, leaf litter, soil and animal feces. The combination of these factors contributes to extremely favorable soil conditions in the Saratoga and Albany counties (favorable for the termites, not so much for homeowners). Throw the fact that the very bones of your home are a termite’s favorite snack and you have the recipe for a potential infestation.
Subterranean termites, in particular, have a fairly long life cycle, living as long as two years (queens can live up to 25 years). This means that a colony of termites has plenty of time to wreak havoc on your home in the absence of proper prevention or elimination. The best way to prevent this from happening is to be able to identify the presence of termites and to call an exterminator at first sight.
Five signs that you may have termites in your home are:
- You can see earthen packing (similar to mud) on foundation walls
- You can hear tapping inside of wood structures
- You can find termite wings around your home or property
- Patterns on flooring, walls, or furniture that are a result of termites burrowing
- Floors are beginning to sag
If you suspect your home or business may have fallen victim to a termite infestation, Family Pest Solutions will perform a detailed inspection and report, following up with recommendations on how we should proceed to eliminate and remove termites from your residence or building.
Contact us today to schedule a free inspection. We offer residential pest control and commercial pest control for Albany, Troy, Schenectady, Clifton Park and the greater Capital District.