When people hear the word, “termites”, they often associate it with a home. While it is true that termites cause billions of dollars of damage every year to homes in the United States, they can also wreak havoc on your business as well. Termites will not only invade your business structurally, but they can also harm your business’ reputation, image, and profitability. As with other pests, one sighting can almost immediately tarnish an otherwise good business reputation due to customers’ perception about the cleanliness of your business.
Keeping Termites Out Of Your Business
Unfortunately, the sighting from one customer will not stop there. What is the old business motto? “Treat a customer right and they will tell two people, do them wrong and they will tell 10”. In today’s social media-driven world and the ability to upload a photograph instantaneously, those 10 people have suddenly turned into 10,000.
Here are a few signs to watch out for:
- Ants are a big problem, because one crumb of food dropped on the ground can suddenly cause an army of ants to march through your home during the hot summer months. Ants are on a constant hunt for food to feed their growing colonies and to save up reserves for the fall. To help prevent an army from overtaking your home, keep things clean and have the interior and the exterior of your home sprayed regularly.
- Signs of swarming reproductive on windowsills near indoor lights – If you see evidence of this inside, this is a good indicator that an active infestation exists somewhere within the structure. See this past blog about swarmers.
- Mud tubes on the exterior of your building – Pencil-sized tubes made out of made on the side of your property most likely indicates that you have a subterranean termite infestation.
- Damaged wood – Wood chewed by termites will often have long grooves commonly found behind or below walls and floors.
- Soft spots on your walls – A soft, sinking inward of your walls may indicate termites.
If you spot any of these warning signs, contact Terminator Termite & Pest Control immediately. It is always best to be proactive when dealing with pests such as termites and have a professional termite inspection performed long before you ever suspect termite activity. Contact Terminator Termite & Pest Control for a free consultation to establish a unique plan to your business to help you avoid ruining your business’ reputation because of these tiny pests. The Terminator will take care of all your termite and pest needs.