New York has its fair share of pests. From disease-carrying rats and cockroaches to bed bugs that steal a good night's sleep, there are plenty of reasons to have a pest control expert close by. But, are termites something you need to worry about? Do you need to get a WDO inspection in New York? At Clearview Environmental Sciences, we’re here to answer your questions so you can keep your home and family safe.
What is a WDO inspection?
To understand whether or not you need a WDO inspection, let’s first explore what it is. A WDO inspection is, simply put, a termite inspection. WDO stands for “wood-destroying organism,” which is a perfect description of what termites really are. These tiny pests will swarm homes and can cost you thousands of dollars in damage if left alone. A termite inspection is the first step to eliminating these destructive bugs.
What kind of termites live in New York?
Termites live in every state in the US except for Alaska. This means that your home in New York could still be at risk for a termite infestation. While the state isn’t overrun with multiple species of these bugs, the Eastern subterranean termite is the only type of termite indigenous to the area.
As their name states, these termites will find an area underground to be near moist wood to colonize and feed on. These termites are distinct in their nesting habits as they build mud tubes that are used to access walls, doors, or trim to find their way deeper into your home.
Are termites a major problem in my area?
In short, yes, termites are common in New York. It’s estimated that 20% of homes have been, or will be, attacked by termites. It’s most common for colonies to swarm between March and June on humid days after rain. These warm days make for ideal conditions for termites to find a new home and begin feeding.
How can I tell if I have a termite problem?
If you have a termite problem, you’re not likely to know unless you know what to look for. This is because you won’t see these tiny bugs out crawling around. After all, they live underground as previously stated. However, you can learn how to identify if you do have an infestation. If you see any of the following, you likely have termites.
- Tiny holes in drywall
- Peeling paint that looks like water damage
- Discolored or drooping walls
- Hollowed or damaged wood
- Mud tubes
- Loose floorboards
- Blistering in wood flooring
So, do I need a WDO inspection?
If you believe that you have a termite problem, yes, you do need a WDO inspection. Our termite experts will come to your home and inspect to see if you do have an infestation. An inspector will take a thorough look around your home to see if there are visible signs of broken termite wings, damaged wood, termite droppings, and mud tubes. The most telling sign of a termite problem is mud tubes running up the side of your home’s foundation to the wood siding.
Schedule a call today
If you’re worried at all about a termite problem, schedule a call with Clearview Environmental Sciences today. We’ll come to your home to perform a WDO inspection and put together a plan to eliminate them. Call us at 347-224-2581 or send a message using our online contact form. We’ll help you get rid of the termite problem at your home right away.