If you are worried about termites causing damage to your home or want to keep on the lookout preemptively, there are signs to watch for in and around the wood structures of your home. Let the team at No Bugs pest control help you spot the signs and protect your home.
What Are the Signs of Termites?
There are some simple, easy to spot signs of both dry wood and subterranean termite infestation, including:
- Compromised wood that has blisters, appears hollow or easily breaks may be a sign of termites eating the wood from the inside out. If your floorboards sound hollow or you accidentally push the vacuum through the baseboard, your home may be infested.
- If you see what appear to be light-colored or white ants, these are not ants, they are most likely termites. Their body may be a bit fatter than a regular ant, and they are almost translucent in color. They are the same size and relative shape as ants but will cause much more damage.
- Termite droppings are another sign of termite infestation and will look like small black marks and an ash-like powdery substance. This substance is pushed out of the nest by dry wood termites.
- Subterranean termites make a shelter out of mud that looks like pencil-sized mud tubes that may appear around the foundation of your home.
- Flying termites are visible when leaving the nest to find mates but you may also notice them when you see piles of discarded wings, which indicate they have mated and shed their now-unneeded wings.
- If you hear tapping or crunching in your walls, you might have termites! You can sometimes hear the sound of soldier termites banging their heads against the structure or the shaking of their bodies in warning to the worker termites. The worker termites may also make a sound as they are chewing, which is a bit harder to hear but still possible.
I Think My Home Has Termites, Now What?
If you believe that you can hear or see termites in your home, it is time to reach out to your local pest control company to ask about termite inspections. The sooner you have an inspection of your home or structure, the less damage they will be able to do. Keep in mind, you may be just seeing termites now, but they may have been around for longer than you realize. This is why it is important to keep an eye out and to contact your pest control advisors as soon as possible.
Contact No Bugs today to discuss what you can do about termites.