Termites can become a huge problem when they infest your home. Some termites live underground (subterranean termites), while some live in wood (drywood termites). Either can cause damage to your property by eating through wood. Subsequently, termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage across America every year.
Termites could be hiding in your walls without you even knowing. If you do have a termite problem, it’s always best to deal with it as soon as possible to prevent it from getting out of control and causing extensive damage. Here are some signs to look out for so you can catch them early.
Many think that termites are only active during the spring, but this is a misconception. Termites are active throughout the year, they swarm in spring, leading people to think that the termites are only a problem at this time of year.
A swarm is the most obvious sign that you have a termite problem. Swarms occur when winged termites mate, and if you see a swarm—or a large amount of discarded wings—you should definitely contact a specialist to check over your property.
Apart from swarms, there are more subtle signs to look out for, and if you can catch the termites early, it could save you a lot of hassle and expense.
Another sign to look out for are mud tubes, which are about the thickness of a pencil. These are often found alongside the walls of your property, but they can also appear on other surfaces. Termites use these tubes to travel around without being spotted. If you see any of these, it is probably time to call a residential pest control service specializing in termites.
The first sign that wood is hollow often comes from the sound it makes when you tap on it. Termites eat wood from the inside, so don’t expect to see them on the surface of the wood while they are feeding. If you discover that wood is hollow, you should find out whether it is due to termites by calling a specialist.
The droppings of drywood termites are called frass, and termites leave them as they eat through the wood in your home. Spotting frass is a clear sign that you have a termite problem.
Prevent Termite Infestations
Apart from looking out for the above signs, you should also make an effort to prevent termites from becoming a problem in the first place.
Look out for cracks in the wood in your home, which you may spot when the paint becomes cracked or distorted. Seal these up before they allow termites gain easy access to the interior of the walls.
Don’t provide food sources for the termites. Make sure you keep your gutters clear of debris that attracts the termites. Also try to keep firewood or wood chips away from standing structures and exterior walls.
Don’t Let Termites Damage Your Home
Your best defense against termites is to act quickly as soon as you find out that you have a problem. Don’t wait until the problem gets out of hand because the damage can be significant—and very expensive. If you spot any of the above signs, don’t hesitate to contact a termite specialist. They will assess how big the problem is, and they will then get rid of the pests so you don’t have to worry about them causing any more damage.
Antoinette Rivera works in pest control and enjoys sharing her tips and suggestions online. She has plenty of experience of many different types of pest that can invade our homes. Antoinette writes regularly for a variety of consumer websites.