In some places, termites build mounds where the soil is unusually dry, where the structures are so perfect, and they have the wells and ways to move water around the structure. Mounds can be underground, mistaken for an ant hill.
Most yards, especially those in older, established neighborhoods, support termites. While termites are more abundant in some locations, chances are good that your yard has termites.
Finding termites in a fence or woodpile, or in landscape timbers, does not necessarily mean that your home needs to be treated right away, but it should alert you to the presence of termites around your home.
Time to push your feelings of panic aside and start to think it through rationally. This situation will lead you to having more questions than answers, including:
If there are termites in my yard, does that mean these pests are already in my house?
If termites are in your yard, is that really a reason to be worried?
Should I book a termite control expert?
What signs should you look for to determine how bad the problem is?
If termites were clearly in the house, you would know that you need to handle it immediately, but if it’s in the yard, how does that change things?
This article is created to answer these sorts of questions.
It’s not unusual for homeowners to find termites in their yard or garden while digging or planting. On rare occasions, you might even catch these insects above ground foraging at night. Termites have been known to collect grass pieces from your lawn to carry back to their nest.
Termites serve an important role in our larger ecosystem. These creatures are recyclers and decomposers of dead wood, which helps maintain an essential balance among the living organisms that make up our backyards.
However, when they nest close to residential or commercial property, termites become a dangerous pest.
You may have some knowledge of the destructive power of termites. You may have heard that they cause billions of dollars of damage to structures every year. You may have also read about how thoroughly they can destroy a house. An experienced pest professional will tell you they can feast on your home without you even knowing it. Termites have earned the nickname “silent destroyers” for this ability to threaten a homeowner’s largest investment.
So, if you spot a termite in your yard or garden, is it really a big deal? On the one hand, no.
Termites naturally feed on various types of plant material, which may include bark, leaves, humus, wood, and even the droppings of herbivores. However, once they’ve exhausted the food resources near their colony, termites will move on, and could begin feeding on the wood found on whatever structures they encounter.
Basically, their quest for food may bring termites to your house. If they find wood to feed (which they soon will, for sure), termites will build mud tubes leading from their colony to your home.
What happens when this occurs?
Termites may cause structural damage, especially if your house is primarily built of wood.
Even if the structure does not have a wood exterior, termites may cause structural damage by damaging walls, foundations, and many more.
Termites could get into your home and feed on furniture, ceilings, floors, and cabinets. Termites can damage other cellulose-based materials, such as carpets, books, clothes, and photo frames.
Since termites feed 24/7, the damage they cause may progress quickly if the right countermeasures aren’t put in place.
If you suspect termites in your backyard, the best idea and solution is to have a professional inspect your home. Termite inspections are often free, unless you need a formal report for use in a real estate transaction, so might as well take advantage of that.
Pest professionals have heard all the questions mentioned above and other countless others similar like them – and many times over.
We understand that finding termites outside is something that leaves homeowners wondering what they should do next. Thus, allocate the time to do something about this or prepare the budget if needed.