How To Tell If Your Lynchburg Property Has Termites


swarming termite infesting the ground outside of a home

Many Lynchburg residents put off pest management when they shouldn’t. The majority of insects and creatures can be very harmful in one of two ways. The first is with property damage. Various species can take down a building shredding wood, or ruin belongings like furniture and clothes. The second way is by presenting health hazards. Several critters harbor bacteria that cause illnesses or taint food. Some transmit disease. Considering that pests often reproduce quickly, it’s important to be proactive about prevention. This is definitely true with termites.
Termites are wood-destroying insects that annually generate $5 billion in damages in the United States. They are known as “silent killers” because they quietly hide behind walls. Home and business owners need to familiarize themselves with the infestation signs, so they can immediately act with All Pest Control.

How Do Termites Behave? What Are the Infestation Signs?

Termite colonies are made up of workers, soldiers, and swarmers. Common workers are ⅛ of an inch long, and white or grayish-white. As their name gives away, they bring most of the detriment. Soldiers are about the same length. The yellow-brown specimens have rectangular heads and pronounced jaws for defense. These two groups are the ones that stay out of view inside walls. Swarmers break out, flying away from nests around springtime to mate and start fresh colonies.
Swarmers are ½ of an inch long and come in brown, yellow, or black. The critters have wings and tend to flock to lights when they escape from foundation voids. As soon as you see one, you can say for certain that you have an infestation. Other crucial indicators are:

  • Finding the translucent and scaly wings of swarmers

  • Seeing frass around

  • Noticing that the walls sound hollow when you knock on them

  • Having paint that starts to bubble and peel

  • Seeing your drywall sag and become discolored

  • Having walls with needle-size holes, mud tubes, or maze patterns

  • Caving or loose floorboards and tiles

  • Tight-fitting window frames and doors

  • Hearing soft clicking noises behind walls

How Can Termites Be Prevented?

It cannot be emphasized enough that preventive measures are essential with termites. Even if you have no reason to think an invasion is underway, you need to guard your home or business. You don’t want to wait for these pests to arrive. To deter them, you’ll have to prioritize lawn care and building maintenance:

  • Wood that is decaying or spoiled by water should be removed or repaired.

  • Leaks, plumbing issues, and moisture faults need to be fixed. Items making wood wet should top the list.

  • Gaps near foundations, caulk, and utility lines need to be sealed.

  • Clean your vents and gutters regularly. Exterior vents should have screens.

  • Loose wood, such as fire wood and lumber, should be stored at least twenty feet from the building.

  • Distance greenery from exterior doors and groom it often.

What Can All Pest Control Do About Termites?

Don’t waste time or money on “do it yourself” methods or retail products to combat termites. Most of these avenues ultimately fail because they only solve the matter on the surface. For successful extermination, you have to get to the root of an infestation. That’s where All Pest Control comes in.

Our trained technicians have specialized tools to address entry points and nests. After a thorough examination, they’ll apply safe and odor-free Termidor® liquid to affected spots. It will kill active termites and create a barrier to block out impending ones. Monitoring will continue with devices and follow-ups. Warranties are included and real-estate reports are available. Call today for a free inspection!


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