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How to Identify and Prevent Termite Infestations

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Termites are wood-destroying insects commonly found throughout the United States, including here in Cordova and Memphis in west Tennessee. Unfortunately, these tiny, wood-devouring pests often remain hidden from homeowners until significant damage occurs. But the sooner you identify a termite infestation, the better (and cheaper) the outcome. So today on the blog, our termite control specialists in Cordova at AAA Termite & Pest Control share how to tell if termites are active in your home. Plus, explore simple ways to prevent termites in Memphis.

How to tell if your home has a termite infestation

By the time most homeowners detect termite damage, termites have already been hard at work behind the scenes like under floors, and inside walls and crawlspaces or areas homeowners rarely see.

But with a keen eye and a little investigation, here’s how to tell if your home has a termite infestation in Cordova:

  • Discolored drywall (not caused by anything else)
  • Drooping drywall
  • Peeling pain
  • Hollow-sounding wood
  • Tiny pinpoint holes in the walls
  • Buckled wood flooring
  • Loose tile flooring
  • Squeaky floors
  • Crumbling or damaged wood
  • Doors or windows that stick easily
  • Maze-like patterns in wood furniture, wood beams, or floors
  • Piles of termite droppings that resemble pepper or sawdust
  • Discarded termite wings
  • Mud tubes along your home’s foundation
  • Flying termites inside your home or anywhere on your property

If you notice any of these termite signs inside your home, contact our Memphis pest control office and schedule a termite inspection. Do not delay as termites can destroy vital wood structures that support your home and ignoring the issue may result in an unsafe or uninhabitable residence.

Ways to prevent termites

While we can treat termite infestations, we believe that prevention is best because these insects are active throughout all seasons here in Tennessee. Typically, termites swarm during the spring, which is when they search for new locations to form colonies. And sometimes, termites establish colonies inside of homes. However, termite prevention should be a year-round effort, not just during swarming season.

Here are some ways to help prevent termites:

  • Clean your gutters
  • Replace or repair damaged or exposed wood
  • Fix any leaks immediately
  • Store firewood away from your home and not on the porch or against the foundation
  • Ensure proper grading and water drainage on your property
    Seal cracks or openings around utilities and plumbing
  • Periodically inspect your home and property for signs of termites

These suggestions can help reduce the likelihood of termite infestations. However, the best way to prevent termites is with professional termite control treatments. At AAA Termite & Pest Control, we provide termite inspections to determine the best solutions for your home. If we discover an infestation, we promptly treat it and then develop a prevention plan best suited for your home and needs.

Termite Prevention in Cordova and Memphis, Tennessee

Discovering that your home has termites can be devastating for homeowners. But thankfully, there are treatments to remedy the problem and prevent it from happening again. To learn more about termite prevention in Cordova or find out how to get rid of termites in Memphis, contact AAA Termite & Pest Control by calling (901) 737-7378.