Termite Exterminators Serving Milwaukee, Racine & Kenosha
Signs You May Have a Termite Infestation
- Hollow and crumbling wood – termites eat wood, and an infestation would most likely present itself through wood that’s been eaten through.
- Discolored or damaged drywall – since drywall is partially made of cellulose, termites will often feed on portions of it and sometimes make their nests inside the walls.
- Mounds of pellets – termites, especially drywood termites, often leave piles of pellets where they have been feeding, often resembling piles of salt and pepper.
- Mud tubes in the building’s foundation – termites underneath your home or building connect their colonies through the soil. They can often be seen on the exterior concrete walls of a building’s foundation.
If you think you may have a termite infestation, call the professionals at Ehlers Pest Management today to schedule an appointment with one of our exterminators. We’ll help you get rid of your termites quickly and effectively, and ensure any children and pets are kept safe throughout the extermination process.
Professional Termite Extermination for Homes and Commercial Buildings in Milwaukee
Termites are common pests which will often infest homes and buildings where they can feed. They often breed quickly while eating their way through common cellulose products such as paper, clothing, and wood. You can often tell when termites are present since they often leave many holes in the products they chew on. Not only to your home, but termites’ presence can also be harmful to humans since termites produce SBS, or sick building syndrome, by carrying fungi into buildings they infest. People will often get skin rashes, headaches and asthma attacks wherever termites are present.
If you feel you have a termite infestation in your home or office building, you shouldn’t hesitate at all – call the professional exterminators at Ehlers Pest Management right away to help you get rid of them safely and efficiently. We can help you:
- Assess the extent of your infestation
- Identify and monitor the termites to ensure any compounds or pesticides used will be effective
- Implement any preventive measures which may contain the pests or lead them to leave your property
- When necessary, eliminate the pests through the use of chemicals
Wait, Are There Really Termites in Wisconsin?
Many people mistakenly think we don’t have termites in Wisconsin because of the extreme cold of winter. This isn’t the case. Fortunately, though, Wisconsin is in a region considered to be at only slight to moderate risk of termite infestation. Although you have a statistically lower chance of having a termite infestation, there’s still a chance.
Termites love Douglas fir and other woods typically used in home construction. They will quickly devour the insides of structural woods, leaving them little more than a thin shell with hollowed sections filled with damp soil. Left untreated, a structure can easily collapse from the devastation termites leave behind.
Although termites are small, only about 1/8 inch long, their queen is an enormous egg-laying blob capable of producing 2,000 eggs per day and living 25 years or more. At ½ inch in length, it is easy to distinguish the queen from the workers, but you’ll likely never see one.
What to Do if You Suspect You Have Termites
If you see a swarm of small winged insects during the day in early to late spring, there’s a good chance they may be termites. Unless you have a can of bug spray right at the moment you spot the swarm, there probably isn’t much you can do. If possible, though, try to catch one or two so a positive identification can be made.
Besides swarming, the other telltale sign of an infestation is mud tunnels on the sides of a structure. Termites build tubes made of mud connecting them to food sources above the ground. If you find any in or around your home, your first instinct might be to scratch them off with a garden tool. DON’T! These termites have highly evolved survival instincts and will quickly seek out other areas in a building if their existing food sources are compromised. Better to leave them where they are, since this makes it much easier to bait them and exterminate the colony.
Termite extermination is not a DIY job. It requires a professional exterminator with both knowledge of these insects and access to proven termite-killing technologies. With termites, time is of the essence. Every day, they do more damage. Get a professional on the job as soon as possible.
Professional Termite Exterminators, at Your Service!
There are many pest control companies in the Milwaukee and Racine area, but Ehlers is a bit different from the big franchise operations. We’re a family-owned and operated business committed to providing the most effective and affordable pest control services for southeast Wisconsin homeowners and businesses. And you can always count on a clean-cut, courteous exterminator when you call on us.
The Ehlers Pest approach is to use pet-friendly and organic pest control methods wherever possible to minimize the impact to your family and the environment. With termite infestations, treatment usually involves drilling into the soil to place underground baiting stations, which the termites will feed on. When they share the baited food source with the rest of the colony, they all die. Routine monitoring and replacement of bait ensures total victory over the termites.
If you suspect you have termites, have us come take a look and provide you a free estimate.