While termites are a much-feared pest by home and business owners, many people do not actually know much about these insects other than the fact that they can destroy the wooden structure of a home or building. There are many reasons why people want to get rid of termites once they are discovered in a home or a business. Termites never take a break from their wood destruction. They chew day and night, non-stop, in order to enlarge their colony for the newly hatched eggs. This constant chewing causes billions of dollars in damage to structures every year.
There are many signs that home and business owners can watch out for when it comes to termite infestations. Termites build mud tubes or tunnels to protect themselves from drying out or getting exposed to sunlight. You can see these tubes on lumber, siding, concrete or on trees. They are about the width of a pencil and are gray to brown in color. You can act to prevent a termite infestation by eliminating sources of water and keeping mulch, wood and cardboard away from your home’s or business’ foundation and exterior walls.