10 Telltale Signs of Termites
Nobody wants to look around their house and find termites feeding there. Termite infestations have gone rampant in recent years, and getting rid of them can be costly. Repairing the damage they have caused can be even more expensive. Unfortunately, termites can live in your home for quite a long time without being detected, causing significant damage to the structure. The key to stopping a termite infestation is to catch it early. Here are 10 signs you can watch for to help catch the infestation.
Small tunnels made out of dirt or other debris and the termites’ saliva connect termites to their food source. They can be found climbing the foundation of your home or other areas of your property where wood is off the ground. They can also be found in cracks in the flooring or on baseboards, making them hard to detect. The termites use these tunnels to protect themselves from predators.
Look for multiple tiny holes in your wood or drywall; these are classic signs of current or recent termite infestation. Once the swarming termites exit the colony, the nymphs seal the holes with a brown material made out of termite faeces, effectively plugging the entry.
This often looks like water damage on your wall, Subterranean termites cannot be out in the light or dry air as it is harmful to them. They tend to hide in your walls where they are safe. Termites carry moisture with them to help them create pastes while they are eating your wall. What happens to a painted surface when it gets moisture and water behind it? It starts to peel. Look out for this telltale sign on your own walls.
Termites live off the small amounts of moisture they can get from wood and the moisture they may bring with them. When termites create excrement, they remove as much moisture as possible and produce hard little pellets. The termites then kick the pellets out of their workspace, causing them to pile up.
Fissures in the Wood
This doesn’t always mean termites, but it’s better to check and be safe. As the termites eat the wood from the inside out, cracks start showing up on the outside of the wood. If you are seeing these cracks, it may be too late for your wood, as the inside could already be eaten away completely.
This is the most commonly known sign of termites. As mentioned above, the termites will eat the wood from the inside out, leaving a hollowed-out piece of wood in your midst. If you knock on the wood and it sounds hollow, you may have a termite infestation.
Termites are not the most polite eaters out there. They chew with their mouths open, and they do it all day long. This chewing resembles the sound of someone typing on a keyboard. If you hear this clicking sound coming from your walls, you may want to call a pest control specialist.
When there is moisture in the air, doors, and windows have a tendency to warp, causing them to stick. It’s no different when termites get into your wood. They bring the moisture in with them and your doors and windows may start to swell.
Termite bodies are shaped like ants, with wings. The difference is termites are a milky white colour. If you look for these “white ants” with wings and find them, you may very well find that the termites have taken over your home.
Termites discard their wings and settle down after mating. They are looking for a new home for their colonies and your house may be just that spot.
These are not the only signs of a termite infestation, but they are some of the more common things you will see. If you see any of these signs around your home, do yourself a favour and call a pest control specialist. The sooner you can solve your termite problem, the better off your home, and your bank account will be.