Why Termites Could Still Be Active Inside Tulsa-Area Homes
December 21, 2018
Once winter arrives in Tulsa, it’s easy to become complacent about the visible insects that commonly affect us during the warmer months of the year. But termites can hide year-round inside your home or business, wreaking havoc on the structural integrity of your property. What’s worse, you might not even be aware of their presence until it’s too late and they’ve caused extensive damage to your home. Here are some of the things to look out for, and why it’s important to call the professionals at Montgomery Exterminating to assist you.
Subterranean termites cause billions of dollars annually in property damage across the United States alone. Part of the reason for this is because these insects nest in the soil and underneath the foundation of houses and feed on wood inside. Both are places which are not immediately visible to the naked eye. Therefore termites can live for years creating irreversible damage that often isn’t discovered until something such as a wall buckles. Because Oklahoma enjoys a relatively mild climate year round, termites are usually able to tolerate outdoor temperatures. And when fall and winter strikes, termites don’t stop their work, they simply hunker down for the season.
If you are looking for evidence of termites in your home, know that keeping your house as unattractive to termites as possible will help deter them from entering in the first place. Check for any places with excessive moisture, such as basements or underneath kitchen sinks. Termites require a moist environment to survive, so any place where you may have water leaking or pooling is creating a hospitable place for termites to live. Outside, worker termites create mud tubes out of soil to travel between their nest and food sources. Look for these tubes in and around the foundation of your house. You are not likely to see actual insects inside your home, but you may see the remnants of a swarm in the form of discarded wings that have been shed by reproductive termites. In Oklahoma, swarms usually occur in the spring after a rainstorm, although they may occasionally happen in the fall. Any wood structures in your house that appear to be buckling or sagging, or make a hollow sound when tapped, could be evidence that termites are eating away at the wood from the inside out.
If you have the slightest suspicion that termites might be living in your home (and 35% of single-family homes in Tulsa have reported a termite infestation!) you should call Montgomery Exterminating right away for a free inspection. We are a certified operator of the Sentricon® System with Always Active™, a unique, eco-friendly bait station system that works effectively and safely with the environment to eliminate termites for good. Even national landmarks such as the White House and the Statue of Liberty trust Sentricon® with Always Active™ to safely eradicate termites and keep them away permanently. Call us before it’s too late!