How To Spot Early Warning Signs Of Termites On Your Oklahoma Property

June 18, 2021

If you don’t see any insects or creatures around your Oklahoma home or business, that’s promising. However, that doesn’t mean the coast is completely clear. Many pests can slip indoors without being detected. In the most severe cases, the damage might be the only indication of a creepy pest you may have. This is the deal with termites.

Termites are small insects that can destroy whole buildings because they grind wood. Every year, Americans dole out a collective $5 billion in prevention and recovery expenses. It’s useless to look to insurance companies for help because they aren't likely to assist. Considering these facts, it's necessary to gain familiarity with the signs of termites and learn how Urbanex can be of assistance.

termites that are chewing tunnels

What Are Signs of a Termite Infestation? What Are the Dangers?

Termite colonies have three major sectors; workers, soldiers, and swarmers. Since there are multiple subspecies, the appearance of each varies. Workers in the state are often grayish-white or white and 0.12 of an inch long though. Wood will be shredded by them primarily. Local soldiers are typically yellow-brown and have rectangular heads. They protect the group with their massive mandibles. Reproductive swarmers are black, yellow, or brown and ½ of an inch long. The winged pests exit nests when they’re full to mate and begin new hordes. Windows and lamps attract them because of the emitted light. If you ever see one, there’s no doubt you have an infestation. Other warning signals are:

  • Finding the translucent and scaly wings of swarmers
  • Discovering stacks of fecal frass outside of the holes, maze patterns, and mud tubes of termites
  • Hollow sounding walls
  • Hearing soft rustling and clicking sounds from inside walls
  • Noticing that paint is chipping and looking water damaged
  • Seeing that drywall is waning and off-color
  • Tiles falling away
  • Floorboards caving in or deteriorating
  • Window frames and/or doors being tough to move

For all the calamities they cause, termites are substantial to the environment. They can provide the soil with much-needed nutrients when they grate decomposing wood. In the end, plants and trees have the resources to smoothly grow. Sadly, this will do nothing to reduce or change the level of impact on home and business owners. When the walls and bases of a property weaken, relocation will have to be contemplated. Otherwise, significant financial sacrifices and medical bills may arise. Wreckage may become steep and someone could get hurt. Further, allergic reactions might happen. Disease transmission will not.

How Can Termites Be Prevented?

Termites move at an alarmingly quick rate. You’ll have to remain focused on enacting  preventative methods, starting with bolstered exterior management such as:

  • Getting rid of or replacing decaying or declining wood.
  • Having leaks and moisture glitches repaired immediately; especially those dampening wood.
  • Sealing openings in foundations, caulk, and utility lines.
  • Adding screens to all exterior doors.
  • Cleaning your vents and gutters regularly.
  • Sitting woodpiles and plants two feet or more from the property.
  • Don’t put loose wood, like fire logs, on the soil.
  • Cutting the grass and trimming greenery on a routine basis.  
  • Having inspections done annually by Urbanex.

What Can Urbanex Do About Termites?

Professional interventions are the only option when it comes to termite control. We at Urbanex have industrial-grade and environmentally friendly treatments that are safe for vegetation, pets, and humans. Solutions include the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ bait stations. Our avenues are designed to wipe out colonies with efficiency and establish ongoing protection. Our certified technicians will be meticulous and strategic. Recurring visits are available. You’ll be offered a free inspection when you call Urbanex today!

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