Understanding Garden Pest Control

I still remember when I planted my first garden. I was so excited to get started that I completely overlooked the massive pest problem brewing in my yard. Unfortunately, as soon as I planted my crops, I was confronted with the harsh realities of pests munching through all of my veggies. It was devastating, but I knew that I needed to make things right. I decided to contact a professional exterminator to see if he could help. He came out, checked out the pests that were plaguing the area, and treated the earth with the right pesticides. I made this website to help you to understand garden pest control, so that you can reap your harvest.

Five Signs Of Termite Infestation To Watch Out For

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Even if you're careful and take precautions to prevent termites (such as keeping wood piles clear of your house and making sure the wood portions of the walls are a foot or so away from any surrounding soil), it's still possible for termites to invade your home. It's less likely, but you may still want to keep an eye out for them so an infestation doesn't take you by surprise. The earlier you catch and exterminate a termite colony, the less damage your house will incur. So be sure to watch for these five signs and call an exterminator if you think you may have a termite problem.

1. Flying termites

Obviously, finding live termites in your home means you most likely have an infestation. But the termites are most visible when they're swarming, and it's very easy to mistake flying ants for flying termites. If you see an insect that you think might be a flying termite, capture it for identification before killing it. A flying termite has:

  • Two sets of approximately equally-sized wings
  • Straight antennae
  • A stout, straight waist

Flying ants, on the other hand, have slightly different characteristics, including:

  • A narrower waist that bends in
  • Two sets of wings with the front wings larger
  • Antennae that have an obvious bend somewhere along their length 

2. Discarded termite wings

If the termites swarmed when you were away on vacation, you may find sets of dropped wings that they left around your house. If you find a considerable number of these wings, it's a good indication that you have an insect problem. If you can tell that the wings are approximately equally sized (it may not be possible to tell, depending on how many you find) then the infestation is probably a colony of termites.

3. Sawdust-like litter

Called "frass," the droppings termites leave can look very similar to sawdust. If you find this along baseboards or piled up near walls, it most likely signifies an infestation. Of course, if you have actual sawdust in your house as well, you'll have to be especially discerning in order to prevent a misdiagnosis.

4. Tunnels up the side of your house

Mud tunnels that stretch from the ground around your house up the foundation towards your walls mean that termites are attempting to access your house. This is bad news because it means they consider your house a source of food. These may be subterranean termites, which like to live in underground colonies and travel to your house to find wood to eat.

5. Damaged wood

If you find wood in your house that's supposed to be solid but sounds hollow when thumped or that has visible tunnels along the grain of the wood, it could very well be due to a termite infestation. Other signs include tiny holes in your walls (about the size of a pinhead) and buckling or blistered-looking paint.

These five signs will help you keep an eye out for any termite damage in your home. The more signs you find, the more likely it is that you have a problem. If you find more than one of these signs, it's definitely time to consult with a termite treatment professional from a company like Commonwealth Exterminating Co

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29 April 2016