From Your Pest Expert: Identifying the Elusive Termite
Pest control expert Scott Brody explains that termites are tactfully quiet and a costly home invasion could happen right under your nose.
“A typical colony can be home to 350,000 termites that can find a way into your home, whether it is made of wood or concrete,” said Brody. “You usually don’t see termites or the damage they cause until it’s too late.”
Tell-tale signs of termites:
#1 Signs of Breakdown – Termites feed on cellulose, which all homes contain regardless of construction type. House foundations, furniture, shelves and even books are all possible sustenance for termites. Regularly inspect your home, inside and out, for signs of decay.
#2 Check Them Out – Sometimes termites are mistaken for other insects such as ants or flies. Termites have straight, beaded antennae and wings of equal size. Ants, on the other hand, have segmented bodies and elbowed antennae with forewings that are longer than their hind wings. Subterranean termites, the most common in the U.S., can be a pale peach, light or dark brown color.
#3 Is that Wax Paper? – Termites shed their clear wings once they find a place they want to nest to begin reproduction. Check window sills for these small wings which are indicative of an infestation.
#4 What’s The Date? – Termites swarm in the spring to disperse and start new colonies. Triggered by warmer temperatures and rainfall, winged termites emerge from the colony and fly into the air. Call your pest control company if you see winged termites emerging from the base of a foundation wall or a porch or deck.
#5 Knock, Knock – Wood that has been damaged by termites will sound hollow when knocked on. Be careful, and knock lightly, knocking on a wall with extensive damage could cause the wood to break.
Scott Brody is the branch manager of Truly Nolen in Orlando where he oversees facets of day-to-day technical management at the area’s flagship branch. Scott gained his expertise after training in branches all over Florida including Lakeland, Pinellas Park, Tampa and South Miami. Before joining the pest control industry, he worked in the hospitality field for 20 years. To reach Truly Nolen of Orlando, visit trulynolen.com/Orlando or call 407-241-1400.