Do We Have Termites? 10 Common Signs of Termite Infestation
America is land of the free, and home of the…
That’s right, a whopping 84% of homeowners struggled with a pest infestation in the last year. Clearly, pests of all shapes and sizes are causing chaos in households across the country.
Your home could well be next!
Of all the possible pest problems you could have, one with the most potential for damage comes from termites. Let these ravenous blighters run riot and you’re in for a torrid time.
But what are the signs of termite infestation to look out for?
After all, knowing the signs is a crucial first step to solving the problem. Without this insight, your house could be being eaten from the inside out without you even realizing it!
Keep reading to learn about 10 clear indicators that you might have a termite infestation.
Let’s start with an obvious sign:
Seeing a swarm of termites is one of the clearest indicators of a developing problem.
Essentially, flying termites have left their previous colony to find a mate and start a new one.
Many people are surprised to learn that termites even fly! Assuming they’re ground-dwellers, they mightn’t heed the swarm of flying bugs in their vicinity.
But now you know! Be particularly wary after rainfall, and/or in parts of your home with lots of natural light. These locations are a firm favorite for termites.
Here lies the confusion:
Termites shed their wings when they no longer need them. Think of it like taking your shoes off at the door! They’ve set up shop and save some space by discarding their wings.
Have you seen a pile of small insect wings in any areas of your house? If so, then it’s a sure-fire sign that termites have established a nest somewhere nearby.
Check in the basement, near windows and sills and anywhere else light might come in.
Frass is the technical name for termite droppings.
Seeing it within or near to your house is another bad omen.
Basically, dry wood termites eat the wood inside or outside your home and then leave their droppings behind. The frass looks a bit like sawdust. One millimeter or so in length, they pile up wherever they’ve been boring holes.
Mounds of termite droppings are arguably the clearest sign that you need to organize an appointment with a pest removal professional.
4. Mud Tubes
Some termites are subterranean by nature.
Living in the soil, they create thin tubes of mud they can travel through safely. It works a bit like sun protection- heat from the sun would dry the termites out; the mud tubes prevent that happening.
If these termites set up shop in your house, you might notice these mud tubes appearing in certain areas. The foundation of your home is often the first place you should look.
Notice anything? Call a pest removal company.
5. Exterior Damage
You might have termites in the garden.
Alas, like a little (or large) wood-eating army, they could be marching straight towards your home.
Look out for damaged wood outside. Fallen tree trunks and stumps (not to mention wooden garden furniture) could have tiny holes, feel hollow to touch, have the discarded wings we mentioned nearby, or even dead termites littering the area.
Suspect that termites might have infested the wood outside? Confirm your suspicions by picking away at it somehow. The wood might lift or break away with ease, revealing the termites and/or termite damage beneath.
6. Hollow Timber
Termites can cause irreparable damage to wooden homes.
People living in a property with wooden beams and supports must be especially vigilant. Get into the habit of checking the wood inside the house too.
Give it a tap with a hard object. How does it sound?
It should sound solid and strong- fitting for these vital structural supports of your house. Hollow-sounding wood should sound the alarm. It’s likely that termites have already taken hold.
7. Paint Bubbles
Check your paintwork while you’re at it.
Is it smooth and flat as normal, or bubbled up and rough-looking?
As you know, this is a clear indication of moisture in the area. Let’s face it- that’s never good! You might have sprung a leak somewhere. However, that moisture could also mean that termites are reaping havoc in the wood underneath.
8. Tight Windows and Doors
Here’s another moisture-related sign of termites.
The moisture that termites produce in their activities can end up warping wooden windows, doors, and frames. The result? Windows and doors that don’t open and close as easily as before.
Again, this could be water damage too!
However, if the weather outside isn’t particularly humid, warm or wet, then termites are (possibly) more likely to blame.
Are your walls or furnishings making strange clicking noises?
You’re not going crazy.
You might, however, be suffering from a bad termite infestation. The noises come from two primary sources: head-banging and chewing.
Soldier termites bang their heads against the surface whenever they sense a threat to the colony; the workers, like ill-mannered table guests, chew with their mouths wide open and make little noises in the process.
Put your ear to the wall. Hear anything unusual? It might be time to call the pest professionals.
10. White Ants
Finally, don’t mistake termites for ants.
Of course, seeing termites in the house is the clearest sign of all that you have a problem!
Unfortunately, many people fail to identify them for what they are and mistake them for white ants. Given the similarities in size and shape, you can’t blame them either.
Don’t fall into the same trap though. Albino ants don’t exist! If you spot them near your house, get rid of them ASAP.
Here’s more info on how to identify a termite.
Time to Check These Signs of Termite Infestation
Pests cause tremendous problems for tens of millions of Americans every year.
Of all the possible pests for a homeowner to encounter, the biggest threat arguably comes from the smallest of them: termites.
These wood-eating insects can and do, reap havoc on homes up and down the country. Knowing the signs of termite infestation is vital in order to avoid the trouble they can cause.
Hopefully, this post will help you do exactly that.
Have you found evidence of termites in or around your house? Be sure to contact us today for quick and easy removal of the problem.