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How To Identify And Get Rid Of Termites In Your Portland Home

February 28, 2023

Termites are a unique pest: they don't attack humans but can destroy our homes from the inside out. A rapid response from termite removal services is the key to saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair costs. Read on to discover the signs of termite infestation in your home, and don't forget to call Kanga Pest Control for comprehensive Portland pest control services.

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How To Identify Termites And Their Damage

Termites have some physical traits in common with another pest, the ant. However, take a close look, and you'll see that a termite's body is oblong, whereas an ant's will curve inward at one point, creating a bulb shape at the end. 

Of course, it's much easier to look out for specific evidence of termite damage, so keep your eyes peeled for these clues:

  • Cracked paint on wooden surfaces: As termites hollow out wooden objects, they also damage the surface, splintering the paint.
  • Pinholes in your walls or floors: Termite colonies tend to live where they feed. When it's time to relocate, they make their exit routes by boring these tiny holes.
  • Hollow sections of a wall: You can perform a quick termite check by tapping the walls around your home. If a spot sounds hollow, there is (or was) likely a termite nest.

Many homeowners only notice these signs once an infestation is well underway. A professional termite inspection from Kanga Pest Control can help you identify the signs early on, preventing untold damage to your home. Our experts will eliminate the infestation, no matter where these pests hide. 

How Termites Silently Destroy Your Home

As subterranean insects, termites spend most of their time underground. When they feed on wood and paper products, they usually seek a direct path that doesn't require them to expose themselves. They'll tunnel directly into wood that rests on soil, but they'll also navigate their way through sheet metal, plastic siding, and other obstructions if it means they find a meal.

An essential part of termite control is identifying how these pests find their way into our homes. The Kanga team can assess your home to determine where the termites came from and what you can do to prevent future infestations. We don't take shortcuts when it comes to protecting your property.

Call The Professionals At The First Sign Of Termites In Your Home

There's no way to tell how much damage exists by spotting a stray termite or a swarming group. A colony in your walls can move quickly and silently, unnoticed, until the damage breaches the surface. If left alone, they'll continue this process again and again.

That's why it's vital that you call termite and pest control professionals as soon as possible when you suspect a termite infestation. We understand that your home is a significant investment, and we will work fast and hard to make it safe again. We even provide after-hours and emergency services for fast responses!

Simple Tips To Prevent Future Termite Infestations In Your Home

There's still plenty of work to do once an infestation ends. Follow these measures to help prevent another termite invasion:

  • Replace rotten wood as soon as possible: Termites are attracted to rotting wood because it provides both moisture and food. Repair rotting wood wherever you find it as quickly as possible to reduce the odds of termites moving in.
  • Repair leaks indoors: Termites in the walls of your home need to get water from somewhere. They will be less likely to move in if you can remove indoor water sources.

Schedule regular termite inspections. It never hurts to remain vigilant. You can call Kanga Pest Control to perform termite inspections throughout the year to ensure your home stays safe. In addition, we partner with our customers to ensure we understand their concerns and consider them in everything we do. You'll be able to learn more about our fantastic team by calling today.

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