When it comes to subterranean termites, warning signs are few and far between. These are incredibly sneaky insects that do not like to show themselves. But, on occasion, during the spring, mature nests may release swarmers into the air and, for a few minutes, termite infestations can become quite obvious as black insects with white wings crawl around on interior and exterior surfaces. It is hard to miss an infestation when hundreds of these white-winged swarmers come crawling out of a hole in a floorboard. Sadly, this isn't how it usually happens.
Swarmers are generally released outside the home because Eastern subterranean termites (which are the termites we deal with in Hendersonville) nest outside, underground. It is only when a nest is established close to the foundation of a home or under the slab of a home that swarmers accidentally emerge inside.
When swarmers take flight outside, they mate and begin searching for a location to establish new nests. These swarms don't travel far and rarely last longer than 30 minutes. So the only warning sign you might get is the presence of shed wings near your home. If you see lots of white wings lying around, it is definitely time to call a professional.
Another obvious sign of subterranean termites, that is usually not so obvious, is shelter tubes. While most people can recognize a shelter tube when they see one on the foundation wall of their home, termites don't tend to put these tubes where they can be seen. They put them in dark places that are hard to see into (and get into). This is because worker termites don't like the light. Furthermore, if the wood of your home touches the soil at any point, worker termites don't need to create shelter tubes to enter.
Subterranean termites are sneaky. The best way to protect your home from sneaky wood-destroying insects is with ongoing termite control and protection. The Sentricon® System with Always Active uses a network of bait stations to detect subterranean termites and actively works to eliminate termite colonies that attack. It is a proven colony-elimination system that requires no drilling, no trenching, and no chemical injections.
Take the time to learn more about Sentricon® with Always Active™. When it comes to safeguarding the equity of your Hendersonville home, you shouldn't settle for anything less.