Termites are a serious problem for homeowners. They cause billions in damages each year by feeding on dead cellulose like wood, leading to structural issues as well as ruining the appearance of a home’s exterior. We are well aware of the detriment of a termite infestation, that’s why our wood siding is sprayed with Siparila Topcoat on all four sides in order to retain moisture and prevent cracks which pests enter through. For maximum protection, we offer the option of a secondary coat to prevent damage from termites and other pests.
To stress just how serious an infestation can be, here’s everything you need to know about termites.
The most common sign is finding winged termites flying around or their discarded wings in the home. They are often mistaken for ants, however they differentiate by their straight antennae, wings of equal size and a uniform waist – all of which ants do not have. If you spot winged termites flying out from under your patio or from the exterior foundation wall, then you likely have an infestation. However, if you find termites in your yard emerging from a tree stump or your firewood pile, then there’s no cause for concern.
Termite also leave narrow tubes along walls and on wood siding not protected with a topcoat. These tubes are used by “worker” termites who travel between their food source and their colony. To determine whether it is indeed a termite tube, cut it open to see if pale white ant-like bugs are inside. If you do not find any termites inside the tube, it doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t an infestation. Termites often change tubes and can travel behind visible surfaces, which means a termite infestation can go undetected for years.
Spring. This is when winged termites, known as “swarmers,” emerge from the ground in order to start their own colonies as kings and queens. They are triggered by warm weather and rainfall that come with the start of spring, with the period between March and May being the most likely time to find winged termites in or around your home.
Before installing your Siparila Topcoat wood siding, you want to inspect the wall behind your existing siding for termite tubes. Although our topcoat protects your wood siding, it’s your home’s structural integrity that needs to be protected. To avoid a problem altogether, here’s some tips to deter termites from targeting your home:
Eliminate their food sources:
Solve moisture issues:
If you’ve experienced a termite infestation in the past, rest assured our Siparila’s secondary topcoat spray is 100% resistant to pests. Plus, our wood siding’s tongue and groove installation means it will waterproof the exterior of your home and deter termites. For your next exterior home renovation, give us a call today at 1-800-268-5095 (Ontario), 1-800-361-0180 (Quebec), or online here.