Termite infestation is one of the most expensive and damaging pest infestations around. This is because termites not only chew through wood and other organic matter, they can also dig tunnels through concrete foundations. Because termites can chew through any type of wooden structure – furniture, floors, walls, roof, wood siding, crawlspace, etc. – your home may end up with a weaker foundation, rotting wood structures, and a termite-infested home. In the end, the cost of repairs and replacement of the damages as well as elimination of the termite infestation can be very high. You can prevent this though by early detection. Here are some common signs that your home is infested with termites.
The Appearance of Termite Swarms
The most visible sign of a termite infestation is the termite swarm. You will most commonly see them near window sills and near gaps and cracks in the walls. In addition to termite swarms, you should also watch out for scattered insect wings. Again, you will see them near windows, doors, and walls.
Dirt Tubes as Clues
Termites create tunnels to and from their colony. These are called mud tubes or dirt tubes, which connect their colony to their food source. You will usually see these tunnels in the support pipes, and you will also see them in the floor joists. When you break apart a tube, you will get to see the termites. If there are no termites inside it, then it means that the tunnels have been abandoned.
Of note though; although there are no termites in the tunnels when you break it open, it does not mean that you have no termite infestation in your home. Yes, they might have abandoned the tunnels, but they could have created new ones, and there can still be a termite infestation.
Soft, Rotting Wooden Structures
Just because the wall looks okay it does not mean that it is okay. When you knock on it for example, the sounds seems hollower compared to other parts of the wall. When you poke a hard object through the wall like a hammer or a screwdriver, it will easily go through the wall because it has become soft and spongy. Upon further inspection, you will notice that it is starting to rot in some places. Wooden structures like these are a sure sign of termite infestation.
The Presence of Termite Feces
The color of termite feces ranges from powdery light brown to brownish, and you will often see them piled near holes or cracks in the walls. Termites usually push their fecal matter out through the holes as they create more tunnels to keep the tunnels well-ventilated and “clean.”
Dealing with Termite Infestation
Termite infestation is hard to detect, and more often than not, you will only know that your home has termites when these telltale clues become more visible. However, there are ways for early detection, and one of them is by hiring a reliable and trustworthy pest control company. They have devices that can help detect a termite infestation, and their products are not only safe but very effective against termites.
Jennifer Dallman is a freelance content provider for home improvement sites. She usually writes about DIY home improvement projects as well as pest control articles. If you want to know more about pest control, she recommends visiting Preventive Pest Control.