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It is not uncommon for some yards to have tens of thousands of termites spread over hundreds of colonies on less than an acre of land. In order to keep termites from gaining entry into your home and making it their “all-you-care-to-eat buffet,” you need to perform regular outdoor termite inspections a few times each year.

In the springtime until early summer, termites will swarm. Termite swarms near the home indicate there are termite colonies either in your yard or nearby. Swarming termites tend to look like flying ants, but there are a few differences. It is highly recommended to catch a few of the insects and contact a professional termite control service, like MightyMite Termite Services, to determine if the insects are ants or termites.

In the fall, inspect wood piles you use for firewood indoors for termites. Pull off the split logs and look in between for small holes that extend into the wood. If you notice what looks like small drill holes in the wood, do not use the wood indoors, as you could potentially bring termites into your home. Further, remember to never store firewood near the home or against exterior walls. Woodpiles should kept far away from the home and elevated off of the ground.

Twice a year look for signs of rotting wood on the exterior of the home, garages, and storage sheds. If you notice any, have it repaired with treated lumber. You will also want to look for signs of small mud-like tubes along the exterior of the home. Some people mistake these for wasp nests.

In addition, if any trees, bushes, or shrubs on your property are dead, remove them. The deadwood will attract dry-wood termites. At least once a year, you need to have a detailed outdoor and indoor home inspection performed by MightyMite Termite Services. Call us now at 408-377-3761 to schedule your free home inspection appointment.

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