How to Identify Termite Droppings

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Termites are one of the most common household of pests. Termites can quite literally eat through the wood flooring and foundations of your home. Pest control companies receive more calls for termite removal jobs than any other kind of pest removal in many parts of the country.

Termites favor warmer climates, and their food sources include: wood, paper, drywall, plaster, tree stumps and paper. Termites are a serious bane to many homeowners, which is hardly surprising as these little critters can feed on a buildings foundations!

 

Termite Droppings

It’s not at all uncommon to find termite droppings on windowsills or linoleum floors. Your home may have become infested with termites without you being aware of it.

Termite droppings are a very common sign of a termite infestation. Termites can live in hollowed sections of wood beams and walls. Sometimes a termite colony can exist for months or even years before the homeowners are aware of it.

 

Avoiding Termite Infestations

The number one preventative measure you can take to protect your property against termites is to make sure the don’t gain access to their food sources. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than the cure, and with termites it’s much easier to keep them out in the first place than it is to get rid of them once they’ve infested a property.

Spray treating the entire perimeter of the building at least once every six months is a good first step. Additionally, you can make sure all wood on the outside of the property is fully treated and there should be no wood tough the ground outside. If possible, add some concrete slabs around any wood beams touching the ground outside.

Termites can enter through very tiny cracks in exterior siding so it’s crucial that all exterior cracks and holes are completely sealed.

 

Different Droppings, Different Termites

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There are more than 40 different species of termites found in the United States today. All of these species fall into 3 varieties: drywood, dampwood and subterranean. Depending on the climate and available food sources, you may find one or more of these 3 main varieties of termites.

 

Removing Termites

The most effective termite removal products are professional commercial pesticides, which are usually not sold a major retail stores. You can buy these chemicals online and from specialist wholesalers. Commercial pesticides are usually much more effective than any pest control products you will find in supermarkets or DIY stores.

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