Unless your house is on a concrete slab, your floor has a little flexibility as you walk across it, and an occasional creak is natural. A sense of concern begins to rise when the squeak becomes louder or sounds like paper is crinkling beneath your feet. Fear elevates if you detect a sag in the corners of a room. When these things appear, your worst dread as a homeowner may be coming true; termites.
If you suspect termites are slowly destroying your hard-earned investment, you need the Riverside pest control experts from Compass Pest Management. For over 25 years, we have been eliminating termites in houses, and we can do the same for you.
Are There Termites In My Riverside Home?
You don't typically see termites because they work in dark, secluded spaces in the house. Although you may not see actual termites, signs of termites include the following:
- Holes in wood with sawdust-like debris nearby
- Mud tubes on the side of the foundation
- Discarded wings in window sills or near doorways
- Mounds of tiny pellets (frass)
In the spring or fall, usually, after heavy rain when the air is humid, you may see swarms of winged termites around a window or outside light source in the early morning or late evening hours.
The Trouble With Termite Damage
By the time you see signs of termite damage, you are facing potentially significant repair costs. Sagging floors or crunching sounds indicate the need to replace or repair floor beams, joists, or subflooring, which are major repair projects requiring a subcontractor. If the damage is from drywood termites, replacing trusses and support beams in the attic with a professional will be necessary.
The other issue with termite damage is that it indicates you have termites in the home and, in all likelihood, on the property. Unless you get rid of adult termites on your property, the damage will only worsen and become more extensive.
How To Tell If Your Infestation Has Gotten Bad
Seeing mud tubes, discarded wings, or a swarm of winged termites are signs of termites, but you can tell the infestation is bad when you experience the following evidence of termite damage:
- Sagging floors
- Hollow-sounding wood
- Crunching sound when walking across floors
- Blistering paint or wallpaper
- Termite swarm in your house
When you encounter these signs of termites inside your house, it is evident there are large colonies of termites in your home. New colonies of termites do not cause much damage, but significant deterioration begins to occur after a few years when the colonies mature. In the case of Formosan termites, the damage will be severe and can be quick. A colony of Formosan termites can consist of a few million ferocious termites consuming over a gram of wood daily! You will experience severe damage from these termites within six months when you have a mature colony in your Riverside home.
Call In The Reinforcements With Compass Pest Management
The best pest control company for your Riverside home is Compass Pest Management. Not only do we have over a quarter century of experience, but 90% of our business is from repeat customers. Our clients keep returning and referring us to their friends because we know about pests.
During our free inspection of your Riverside home, we will determine the termite species infesting your location and develop a custom treatment plan to eliminate the termites. If approved, we will immediately create a barrier around your home and implement treatment methods appropriate to the termite species infesting your home. We guarantee our work because of our proven track record and confidence in our ability to destroy termites in your Riverside home. Contact us today and set up your free inspection!