Few pests strike terror in the heart of a property manager the way termites do. Frequently, these creatures aren’t discovered until they have done serious damage to a property. In order to protect commercial properties, it is important for property managers to know the signs of a termite infestation and to act quickly when these signs appear. Here are some tips when dealing with a termite infestation.
Signs of a Termite Infestation
Termites are small and reproduce rapidly. They also burrow, so it can be difficult to discover an infestation until after permanent and costly damage has been done. The following signs can help property managers identify and address a termite problem before it is too late:
- Apparently solid wood that produces a hollow sound when knocking
- Wood that easily crumbles
- Pinholes appearing in walls
- Peeling or bubbling paint
- Loose floor or wall tiles
- Bubbling, sagging or buckling floors or flooring
- A brief swarm of small, winged insects in or near the building
- Discolored or sagging sheetrock and ceiling tiles
- Pencil-shaped mud tubes along walls and beams of the structure
What to Do if an Infestation Is Suspected
As with many pest problems, DIY solutions often exacerbate a termite infestation, leading to further damage. Property managers who suspect an infestation should contact a pest control service immediately. The service will be able to determine whether there is a termite infestation, and certified technicians can effectively treat the problem. Clegg's offers a liquid or bait alternative to control a current population of wood boring insects as well as to prevent a future infestation.
Communicating with Tenants
Renters of office buildings and apartments deserve clear and appropriate communication from their property manager in the event of a termite infestation. If time away from the building will be required, the manager needs to communicate the set times of the necessary evacuation. In addition, laws governing housing rentals require property managers or owners to cover costs of any necessary relocation. Managers should become acquainted with local rental laws to make ensure that they comply properly.
If you suspect a termite problem on a property you manage, contact Clegg’s online. Or you can reach us by phone at 888-672-5344.