Termite Carpet Infestation
Termite carpet infestation is yet another way that this pest can do damage to the home. A professional service can come out to the home and assess damage, but in reality it is pretty hard to misdiagnose once the damage gets to a certain point. Carpet infestation is something that happens in homes across the country, so it is something to keep an eye out for, especially in areas most prone to termites.
One of the common characteristics of a termite is that it is known as a wood eating creature. But the truth is that although in many ways they do prefer wood, they are more than capable of eating anything with cellulose content. Some species will even consume non cellulose materials, so we need to do more than just watch out for termite infestation in wood in our homes. A great example is in our carpets. Believe it or not, carpeting is actually a very popular target among termites. To eliminate them once they have gotten into the carpets requires infestation treatment and may or may not have to involve professional termite control.
Termites and Carpeting
Termites are capable of eating almost anything, but especially are well known for consuming cellulose based products or products with at least some cellulose content. Books are often at the mercy of these pests. Photo frames and furniture can be destroyed by an industrious colony. And yes, carpeting is also at risk. Any carpeting in the home that contains cellulose fibers is a likely candidate for feeding. It is easy to access and does not require a whole lot of work on the insects’ part to get at.
Many people see this type of situation and automatically assume the guilty ones are some type of ants. Most of us are not even aware that our carpets can be consumed in this way by termites. But they are opportunistic and unyielding. They will eat whatever is available and easy to access. Their hardiness and lack of reserve makes them a tough enemy to contend with. It also makes it best in most cases to go ahead and pay the cost of non toxic professional termite treatment. The carpets may be sacrificed, but hopefully the subfloors can be saved.
Termite Spring Activity
Carpet infestation can happen at any time of the year, but one of the most common times of the year to actually witness termites in the home is during the spring and into the early summer. During this time of the year, certain termites from the colonies grow wings and make the transition to become reproductives. In homes where winged termites are present, infestation is all but a lock. The winged swarmers are leaving their colony to start new ones. Once they pair up and land they lose their wings. Piles of discarded wings found in the home are a sign of trouble, and evidence that homeowners need to get with local termite control companies immediately to assess the situation and begin infestation treatment. These wings have an appearance similar to fish scales and are clear so they are fairly distinctive.
Other signs of infestation can include sagging walls, floors, and ceilings that can indicate damaged wood. Stuck doors or windows and piles of plaster are also possible forms of evidence. By the time the signs of infestation on carpeting or elsewhere in the home become obvious to the observer, the infestation has usually already caused a great deal of damage and it is absolutely necessary to call in professional pest control authorities to deal with the issue. Termite carpet infestation is just another sign of their presence.