Termites are small bugs that live on every continent on the planet except Antarctica. These obnoxious pests are attracted to the wood and moisture that can be found in the average home. When termites infest your home, they can create extensive damage, leaving you on the hook for expensive and exhaustive repairs. Learning how to recognize the signs of termites in your home can help you put a stop to their damage before it worsens.
1. Discarded Wing Piles
Termites are winged creatures that use their ability to fly to find a new place to live. Once they arrive at a new home, they abandon their wings. If you find a pile of insect wings in your home or near an opening from the outside, chances are high that you now have a colony of unwanted termites residing in your home.
2. Wood Damage
Damaged wood is an obvious sign of a termite issue, but this type of damage can take some time to notice unless you conduct a careful inspection. Termites prefer the dark, so they generally avoid the surface of the targeted wood piece. Fortunately, there is an easy way to check the wood in your home simply by tapping your walls with a screwdriver. If you hear a hollow noise when you tap, it may be time to call pest control. Checking your wood floors for any signs of sagging can also help you identify a possible infestation.
As a colony of termites matures, swarmers will leave the nest to look for new homes. This usually occurs twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall. If you spot a swarm on your home's exterior, it's a good idea to be extra vigilant about the potential for termites inside your home. The termites may be looking for a way to get into your home.
4. Formation of Mud Tubes
Termites create mud tubes to protect themselves from predators and to create a damp and dark place for them to eat wood. Mud tubes commonly appear on exterior locations close to the ground, such as your home's foundation. If you're feeling adventurous, you can pull out part of a mud tube and look inside for termites.
5. Insect Droppings
Termites are not neat and tidy creatures; as they tunnel through the wood in your home, they deposit droppings known as frass. Frass is similar to wood shavings in shape and color. If you notice an unexpected pile of sawdust on your floor, you may have a termite problem.
Termites are not easy pests to deal with on your own. If you suspect you may have an infestation, getting professional help can eliminate the problem so that you can avoid catastrophic damage to your home. Contact Accel Pest & Termite Control today to get help with your persistent termite problem.