Termites leave signs of activity but by the time they do, your house may already be infested.
The following are warning signs that you may have a termite problem.
- Swarmers and/or Discarded Wings: More than likely, the only time you will see live termites is when they “swarm“. Subterranean termites usually swarm in the spring while drywood termites tend to swarm in the summer months. You can almost be sure your home is infested if a large number of winged termites (swarmers) or discarded wings are found inside the home. Swarmers are often confused with flying ants so be sure to verify which you have.
- Mud Tubes and/or Tunnels: Because dark, moist conditions are preferred, foraging termites construct mud tubes as protective runways from the soil to the wood inside a home. Look for mud “tubes” along the foundation of your home, around doors and windows and also on wood posts.
- Small Holes in Wood or Drywall / Blistered Paint: Small exit holes are created when termites swarm inside your home. Because they eat wood products from the inside out, termites usually hollow the wood along the grain. This causes ripples to appear in the exterior of the wood itself, or the paint to blister.
- Structural Damage: This may include soft spots in walls, sagging floors, loose trim and cracked plaster. Also check for “hollow” sounding wall studs and trim.
If you find any of the above signs in your home, it’s best to call a professional pest control service for treatment.