How To Tell If Your Tulsa Property Has A Termite Problem

September 24, 2021

You would know it if your property was being destroyed by termites, right? Unfortunately, this is not always the case. You see, termites are not like other pests. They do not typically crawl across floors, they don’t steal food from pantries, and they make every effort to stay out of sight. This makes identifying termite infestations difficult. That is why we are here today. We have everything you need to know if your Tulsa property has a termite problem. Want to know our secrets? Let’s dive in.

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The Most Common Termites in Tulsa

There are a few different species of termites that live and invade homes and businesses across the U.S. The most common termites in Tulsa are Eastern subterranean termites. What makes things worse is that these property-wrecking pests are known worldwide for being the most destructive species of termite. This is in part due to where they nest. Eastern subterranean termites build their nests underground in a series of intricate tunnels they create for themselves. These tunnels may be up to 20 feet deep underground and sometimes hold 100,000 active members, on average, and upwards of several million. 

How Termites Get Into Homes and Businesses

Since subterranean termites live underground, they get into structures by tunneling up to them. From here, they look for exposed water-damaged, rotting, or decaying wood. If no gatherable sources of wood are directly touching exterior soil, they will build mud tubes upwards until they find their way into wood. We recommend scanning the exterior of your home or business for these entry tunnels as they are among the easiest to spot and are one of the most common signs of a termite infestation.

Signs Of Termite Damage

Finding termite-related damage inside your Tulsa property is not the best way to find out that termites are around. That said, as these pests chew their way through wooden structures, they leave behind some noticeable signs of their presence. Here are just a few that you should keep your eyes and ears out for.

  • Tight-fitting doors and windows

  • Overlysqueeky floorboards and stairs

  • Discolored moisture spots on walls, floors, and ceilings

  • Sagging and water-damaged drywall

  • Bubbling and tearing wallpaper/paint

  • Hollow-sounding beams and wooden supports

  • Visible galley ways running through foundational wood

  • A rustling sound coming from inside wall voids

Termite Swarmers

Worker termites spend almost their entire lives underground, however, this is not true for all members within a colony. Once a year, usually during the springtime, fully mature colonies of termites produce what are called swarmers. These winged reproductive members are tasked with flying away from their nests and finding new places to build and gather wood. If you see these pests or their wings in large numbers outside your home or business, it means your property is at risk of an infestation. If these pests are inside, despite your windows and doors being closed, then chances are your home or business is already under attack. 

What To Do If Your Property Has A Termite Infestation

Termites are considered by most to be the most difficult pests to eliminate and prevent. In order to keep these pests from causing damage around your Tulsa property, you need someone who knows what they are doing. At Dandi Guaranty, we have been fighting back against pests since 1959. In this time we have perfected our termite control and made sure that we are providing nothing but the best services for homeowners in our area. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive options and schedule your Tulsa home for a termite inspection.

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