There are a few signs of termite infestation that a home owner can look for. The most obvious of which is the swarming termite. A swarming termite is the reproductive member of the termite colony. Subterranean termites, the kind we have here in south Jersey, send out swarming termites in the spring. It is important to note where swarming termites are found because this can indicate the location of the main nest of the colony. You'll want to be sure that this area is paid particular attention during a treatment.Look for swarming termites on porches, stoops, garage door jams, where garage slabs attach to basements, patio's, door entrances, around window frames, and in crawl spaces with dirt floors. Although these areas are the most common areas where swarming termites are found, swarming termites will go any place where they find above ground access. Swarming termites are often mistaken for flying ants but you can easily tell the difference. A swarming termite only has two body parts, a head and a long abdomen where as, the ant will have three distinctive parts. The flying ant does not lose its wings but swarming termites will. The sole purpose for the swarming termite's wings is to carry them from the colony to a new location so that they can start a new colony.
It may take up to three seasons for a colony to grow large enough to send out swarming termites.So the lack of swarming termites does not necessarily mean the lack of a termite colony. A thorough inspection done annually by a licensed professional will ensure the most peace of mind against termites. But between inspections you can keep an eye out for the more obvious signs of infestation. Look for softened exposed wood on sill plates and floor joists or any other exposed wood. You'll also want to look for mud tubes. (pictured) Mud tubes are the highways that termites have made for themselves in order to travel from one area of your home to another. The mud tube keeps the termite from exposure to light and regulates moisture and temperature. It is usually thin, just the right size for a stream of termites to move in both directions. If a mud tube leads to a good food source it will be larger to allow more termites to travel at one time. You'll need to look for these tubes on the walls of your home's foundation, and on sill plates above the foundation.
Cato Termite & Pest Control offers a comprehensive program of Termite prevention/detection and treatment. Our licensed Termite experts will thoroughly inspect your home looking for areas of vulnerability, infestation, and damage. We will advise you on any necessary changes that you can make that will reduce your risk of infestation such as replacing rotted wood, removing old tree stumps and more. We can also provide added peace of mind with the installation of the Halo Termite detection system. If evidence of an infestation is present Cato technicians will safely treat the existing termite population as well as place a chemical barrier around your home to guard against future infestation. We will warranty our service and inspect your home annually to insure against future infestation. We will resolve any problems that may arise as long as your home is protected by our warranty. Our skilled carpenters can repair any damage that a termite infestation may have caused no matter the extent.
We are also able to repair wood damage caused by:
* Carpenter Ants
* Powder post Beetles
* Carpenter Bees