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Do I Have Termites In My Yard?

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Having a termite infestation in your home is something you need to deal with seriously. Finding termites in your yard is an equally serious matter. If you find termites in your yard, you want to get rid of them as quickly and safely as possible. But, first you need to be able to identify the issue. Here are some ways you can identify the fact that you have termites in your yard.

Mud Tunnels

One of the biggest telltale signs of termites is the presence of mud tunnels. Termites will lay tunnels of mud, feces, and saliva and then travel through them toward sources of food and water. You can often find mud tunnels on brickwork, concrete walls, slabs of concrete, posts or other dense structures, as they cannot eat through these materials.

Termite Excrement

If you find termite feces, also known as frass, around your yard, you can guarantee that you have termites living there. Termite feces looks like a pile of salt and pepper mixed together. You will be able to find small mounds of frass on tree stumps or window frames.

Tree Nests

Some termites build nests that resemble ugly gray ulcers on trees. The types of termites that build these nests generally do not infest the insides of homes, but you want to get rid of them anyway.

Termite Wings

Both drywood and subterranean termites shed their wings after mating. So, if you notice piles of termite wings lying around your yard, it is an indication an infestation is building. You may want to call an exterminator before this issue becomes a full-blown problem.

Blowholes in Trees

Both drywood and subterranean termites bore holes into the sides of trees. So, if you notice these holes, there is a good chance there are hardworking termites on the other side.

Hollow Sounds

Tapping on trees and other sources of wood outside your house can help you identify the presence of termites. If tapping on these surfaces produces a hollow sound, there is a good chance that termites have eaten out the insides of them.

Where to Check for Termites in Your Yard

Check the following places in your yard to inspect for the presence of termites:

  • The foundations of the house, garage, and other structures.
  • Any firewood you have near the home.
  • Roof eaves and gutters.
  • Fences and trellises.
  • Exterior fuse boxes and electrical meters.
  • Any wooden items placed near swimming pools.
  • Old dead trees and stumps.
  • Sidewalks and patios.
  • Porches.

If you suspect you have termites in your yard, call the professionals at F&W Pest Control. We will get rid of your termites before they invade your home.

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