As a homeowner, one of the more stressful pests you could deal with is a termite infestation. These insects may be tiny, but they can cause all sorts of damage to wooden structures. If you're potentially dealing with an infestation, it's important to take these control steps. 

1. Identify Signs First

Before you do anything drastic, you need to make sure that termites are indeed affecting your property. Then, you can proceed with the appropriate steps. There are many signs that indicate termites have invaded your space. 

One of the most prevalent is wood damage. There will be chips of wood in the corner of windows, doors, and underneath entrances. Termites also have wings, so if you notice discarded wings from an apparent insect, they're probably from termites. Finally, termites tend to make mud tubes on the siding of homes. If any of these warning signs are present, you have termites and you'll need to treat them before severe damage occurs. 

2. Try-At Home Methods

If your termite infestation isn't that severe just yet, you may be able to treat them yourself. There are several tactics that you can implement to kill off a small population before it has the chance to grow any larger. 

One of the most effective is decreasing the temperatures in your home. The colder your home is, the less ideal of an environment your home will be for termite activity. You can also purchase over-the-counter dust products that are specifically designed to kill termites. They don't kill just termites, either. They also will take care of other insects like wasps and beetles.

3. Hire a Pro

If your termite infestation is really bad and you don't have time to take care of it yourself, go ahead and hire a termite control company. They'll know what tactics to implement so that termites don't remain a chronic issue. They can also administer insecticides for termites that are not toxic to pets and humans. Thus, you can have peace of mind after the expert has sprayed your property. These companies will take care of the exterior as well with repellents so that you can keep future termite populations at bay.

Termites can do a ton of damage in a short period of time, making it necessary to address them as quickly as possible. There are plenty of tactics you can implement. Just do what works best for your personal situation and property.