Termites infest more than 5 million homes in the US each year, causing more than $5 billion in damages. There are several different species of termites, and they are now found in virtually every state in America besides Alaska. According to the Department of Forestry, the Washington, DC region is heavily infested with termites.

They work 24 hours a day, devouring cellulose material found in wood, paper, drywall, and other materials in your home to provide for their colonies. Termites will “swarm” into new areas depending on climate conditions and food sources. Their migration patterns can vary depending on the season, so just because you haven’t had termites before doesn’t mean they won’t show up now. Once termites find a good spot, they share their location with other termites using a sophisticated communication system.

Signs of a Termite Problem in Virginia

The reason why termites are such a serious pest is because they’re difficult to detect. They are usually active in hidden areas behind wall coverings, in crawl spaces, under foundations, and in still plates, so it’s hard to spot the damage they cause until it’s too late.

However, there are a few common signs of termite infestations you should look out for:

  • “Mud tubes” (actually chewed-up wood pulp and soil) on foundations and other structures
  • Evidence of winged “swarmer” termites or their shed wings
  • Damaged wood, hollowed out along the grain and lined with mud
  • Wooden surfaces that appear rippled, swollen, or otherwise look water-damaged  

How do you get rid of termites?

Unfortunately, by the time you notice visible signs of termites, the infestation will likely be too large to handle by yourself. The best way to get rid of termites is to prevent them from appearing in the first place. You should consider hiring a pest management company to conduct a wood destroying insect (WDI) report with trained inspectors who utilize proper exclusion techniques.

Fast, Effective Termite Control from Connor’s Pest Protection

At Connor’s, we offer the highly effective and environmentally responsible Altriset, Termidor, and Sentricon termite treatments. These products are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), meeting the strict requirements of the Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative.

Through frequent monitoring, intensive inspections, and effective prevention techniques, Connor’s can help protect your home or business year-round from termites – as well as up to 32 other local pests in Virginia and Maryland.

To schedule your free, no-obligation termite inspection, call us at (703) 321-0400 or schedule online today.

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