The Best Way To Protect Your Tupelo Property From Termites

up close image of a termite crawling in a wood tunnel

What eats wooden logs, never sleeps, and tastes good dipped in chocolate? Why, it's the humble termite, of course!

Termites are wood-eating pests that have been associated with humans for hundreds of years. These pests are incredibly beneficial to the environment, breaking down rotting wood and debris. They are also a delicacy in certain parts of the world and eaten like a snack for their protein content. Here in  Tupelo, however, they are bad news for property owners of all kinds. 

Termite infestations won't necessarily destroy your entire home, but they certainly cause a lot of damage -five billion dollars a year. Let's investigate some common ways to identify a termite infestation and some methods of managing their presence in the home

All The Ways To Tell If You Have A Termite Problem 

Although termites are known for being quiet and sneaky invaders, they do leave behind some calling cards of their presence: 

  • The presence of frass, or fine sawdust, around baseboards and floors
  • Termite swarmers located around doors and windows
  • Soft clicking sounds in the walls
  • Sagging walls or ceilings
  • Tight-fitting doors and windows
  • Mud tunnels in basements or crawlspaces 

Due to their quiet nature, termite activity may go unnoticed for some time. This is why annual inspections are essential for maintaining your Baldwyn home. 

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Termite Mitigation Techniques (And Why They Fail) 

According to the internet, there are hundreds of termite mitigation techniques you can try from your own home. If you think this sounds too good to be true, you'd be right. Many of the techniques listed online refer to termite prevention steps and not elimination. Further, well-established termite colonies may need additional persuasion to remove them from the premises entirely. 

Below are some of the common ways people attempt (and fail) to remove termites on their own: 

  • Essential oils
  • Vinegar
  • Special plants
  • Over-the-counter (OTC)products
  • Smoke or incense 

It is important to note that over-the-counter products may kill some termite invaders around your property. However, keep in mind that these remedies are powerful and harmful to humans at high doses. What's more, they will rarely, if ever, get rid of entire colonies. 

If you're looking for legitimate ways to remove termite infestations from your home, McCary Pest Control may offer the solutions you need. 

McCary Pest Control Stops Baldwyn Termites In Their Tracks 

Many homeowners believe that termite infestations are some of the scariest pests they have ever dealt with. Not only are these creatures capable of destroying the home you love, but they can cause a massive amount of mental, emotional, and financial damage as well. 

DIY termite mitigation techniques may help prevent infestations, but they certainly can't get rid of any active colonies. This is why it's best to handle a termite infestation with the help of a professional termite control team. The folks behind McCary Pest Control are no exception, serving the Baldwin area for over 50 years and counting. 

After decades of working in residential and commercial environments, we have never encountered a termite infestation we haven't been able to resolve. If you're concerned about the signs and symptoms of termites around the house, professional assistance at McCary Pest Control is available to you at any time. Call now to discuss the unique elements of your termite problem, or schedule an inspection using our online contact form.