Termites cause about $5 billion worth of damage to homes and properties every year, according to the National Pest Management Association. The most common culprits are subterranean termite species, which live mostly underground. This can make detecting them difficult until they are literally falling out of your walls. You can reduce your chances of getting a termite infestation by using stump grinding virginia beach services.

Why Not Leave Tree Stumps Alone?

In an ideal world, tree stumps would be removed whenever a tree is removed. However, we don’t live in an ideal world. If you have tree stumps in your yard, then you will soon have termites in your home. Tree stumps are magnets for termites. Termites scent wood from wood oils released into the soil. Once they feast on the stump, workers search for other food sources, such as your home. Getting rid of the stump gets rid of a food source for termites.

When Building a New Home

Have you recently purchased property with the intention to build your dream home on it? Be sure to carefully check the property for tree stumps. Construction materials may attract termites, but not if the wood products are stored carefully, are sealed and any mess promptly cleaned up. If termites are already nearby in a tree stump, they’ll soon discover the new home. Protect your new home by getting the stumps removed and any wood chippings removed.

Swarmers Flying Out of Stump

Are winged insects pouring out of the tree stump? These insects cannot fly very well, have long bodies and straight antennae. They are breeding termites. Once they breed, the wings drop off and the queens begin a new colony. This is a red neon warning sign that your home may be next on the termite’s menu. Set up an appointment for a stump grinding in Virginia Beach immediately.

Emergency Sign

Termites eat a piece of wood from the inside out, so you cannot see the termites unless they fall out of the stump. Tap a stump to check for hollow spots which could indicate feeding termites. If the wood has turned spongy, poke it with a pick to see if you can uncover any termites.