Termite infestation is a damaging problem that needs immediate attention. Termites are among the sneakiest creatures among other pests because they often go undetected for long.
They typically show no visible signs they are eating wood away. It is important to learn the signs that termites have infested for it could prevent more costly repairs.
Termites eat 24/7; they never even sleep. The following are signs you can watch out for to avoid extensive repairs and expense.
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Swarmers or flying termites
A sure first sign of termite invasion is the presence of swarmers or alates or to simply put flying termites.
These are male and female termites that leave their nest to find mates and establish a new colony. If you see them, it could be near your home. They usually swarm at night and go near light sources.
Some species however also swarm during the day but drywood termites usually swarm after rain. Another sign is when you see discarded wings of these flying termites.
They lose their wings after finding their mate. A pair will crawl to a suitable site for nesting, mate, and build a new colony.
Quiet clicking sounds
Worker termites are noisy when they feed on wood. You can try to listen to a wall that you suspect is infested by termites.
Put your ear close to it and you will hear clicking sounds as the soldier termites shake their bodies or bang their heads to warn others when there is a threat or as workers munch on wood.
Subterranean worker termites build pencil-sized mud tubes or tunnels that protect them from the sun and air.
These are usually located near their nest, wood structures, and even concrete or stone foundations.
If you try to destroy it you will see walking termites underneath if it is still an active mud tube.
Drywood termites leave frass or droppings. These mysterious collections of pellets indicate the presence of drywood termites.
When they establish a small nest in a wood, they seal the hole and do not leave it. As they feed on the wood, they would kick out holes that push the frass out of the nest.
The pellets are very small, oval-shaped capsules that can be in different colors depending on the wood infested.
Drywood termites eat wood from the inside, leaving just a thin veneer or paint. When you try to tap on an infected area, it will sound hollow.
You can also try to check your yard if there is rotting wood. Break it apart and you are likely to see a mass of little white creatures that look like ants.
There is a chance that they have found their way inside your home. Try checking areas where soil touches wood for termite activity.
If you notice wood that looks like it has been stroked by carving knives or rough troughs, termites have been at work. Call us so we can help you find the best treatment option.