Signs You May Have a Termite Infestation
- Hollow and crumbling wood – An infestation may arise in wood that’s been eaten through.
- Discolored or damaged drywall – Since drywall is partially made of cellulose, termites can feed on portions of it and make their nests inside the walls.
- Mounds of pellets – Termites, especially drywood termites, 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 be seen on the exterior concrete walls of a building’s foundation.
If you think you may have a termite infestation, 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.
For more identification tips, check out our pest identifcation guide.
Wait, Are There Really Termites in Wisconsin?
Many people mistakenly think we don’t have termites in Wisconsin because of our extremely cold winters. This isn’t the case. Fortunately, Wisconsin is in a region considered to be at a slight to moderate risk of termite infestation. Although you have a statistically lower chance of having a termite infestation, it's possible.
Termites love Douglas fir and other woods typically used in home construction. They will quickly devour the insides of structural woods, leaving them like 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 ⅛ inch long, their queen is an enormous egg-laying blob capable of producing 2,000 eggs per day and lives 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, 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. 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. You can always count on a courteous exterminator when you call on us.
The Ehlers Pest approach uses pet-friendly and organic pest control methods wherever possible to minimize the impact to your family and the environment. Termite infestation 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.
Contact Ehler's Pest Management today for more information about our residential and commercial termite pest control services!