How to Spot Potential Termite Problems

It’s March, and while that means spring and Major League Baseball for some, it also means termites and swarm season for others. Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) know this time of season means increased termite inspections for homeowners. Identifying termite damage early is crucial to proper prevention. But if you’re not a pro, how do you spot a potential termite problem?

Good question.

Earlier in February, we asked our Termidor® termiticide/insecticide Facebook page fans (Facebook.com/BASFTermidorPestControl), “What do you tell your customers to look for if they’re suspecting a potential termite problem?”

And they answered!

Ed Runquist of AB-Con Termite & Pest Control shared the signs of subterranean termite swarmers in South Jersey. Read recommendations by Ed and AB-Con Termite & Pest Control on what homeowners can do to decrease their chances of termite infestations.

Vonda Love with Sunland Termite and Pest Control in Texas tells her customers to watch out for water leaks. While Jesus Leyva Mendivil of Tijuana/Baja, California says sure signs of termite problems are visible wings and cracks or tunnels of mud on the walls.

Breda Pest Management in Georgia posted, “Typically a customer sees swarming termites or the actual termite tunnels.” Breda Pest Management encourages customers to call a professional—do not knock a hole in the wall. Let the professionals use technology to determine the problem.

And some PMPs, like Keith Birkemeyer of ProBest Pest Management in Arizona, tell their customers, “Look for nothing if you used Termidor.”

Termidor is 100% effective at controlling 100% of termites in three months or less—a statement no other termite control product can make. That’s why since its introduction in 2000, PMPs have made Termidor America’s leading termite control product, with more than 4 million structures treated.

Our top five indications of a termite infestation are:

  1. Pencil-width mud tubes on foundation walls, support piers, sill plates or floor joists, indicating termites in search of food
  2. Small holes in wood and/or wood that looks hollowed out along the grain
  3. Crumbling drywall, bubbled paneling, or sagging doors or floors
  4. Tiny wings that swarming termites have shed on or around windowsills
  5. Fecal pellets near damaged wood (drywood termites)

Whether you help your customers face-to-face, online, by phone or in print, help them understand the signs of a potential termite problem. Termite swarm season is just around the corner.

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