Few pest problems are more troublesome or annoying than a termite infestation. Fortunately, the little buggers make it pretty clear when they’re present and causing havoc, assuming you known the signs they leave as calling cards.
This article highlights the termite warning signals, damage signs and tips you need to eliminate a termite infestation.
Know the Warning Signals That Suggest a Termite Presence
In order to know whether you have a termite presence, there are a few key signs you can look for and find if termites are indeed present.
- If wood in or near your home sounds hollow when you tap it, termites could be present
- Watch for cracked paint or termite droppings (frass)
- Along your home’s outer walls, crawl spaces and wooden beams, check for mud tubes
- If there is a swarm of winged insects in the home, the soil around your home or discarded wings from said swarms, this is usually a clear indicator of termite activity
Look for Tell-Tale Termite Damage Signs
If you have spotted one or more of the previous termite warning signals, begin looking for actual damage signs. In some cases, the damage is so obvious that you won’t even need the aforementioned warning signals as a clue.
Termite cement, which occurs when termites seal cracks and holes around a home’s foundation with a muddy cement, are a classic indicator of termite activity. Similarly, mud tubes are usually damage signs that signal termites are currently damaging the home. However, they still classify as potential warning signs since mud tubes can remain from old infestations, so they are not always signs of current damage.
Finally, look for wood damage. Unfortunately, noting actual wood damage means the infestation is quite advanced, so this is usually a bad time to first become aware of an infestation. Try to snuff it out by discovering hollow wood warning signals. At any rate, once you know present termite damage exists, it’s time to call in the professionals.
If You Have Termites, Eliminate Them with a Professional’s Help
If you have established termites have made your home theirs, it’s time to let them know that they are a most unwelcome guest. Take the time to find quality professionals in your area that know how to get the job done right and send those pests packing.