5 Signs of Termites in Your Home
Termites are an unwelcome guest in any home. These pesky pests can leave damage in their wake, forcing you to pay thousands in repair bills. Fortunately, termites do leave some obvious signs. Making regular checks for signs of a termite infestation can help you avoid damage to your home. Look for these 5 Signs of Termites in your home.
Wood damage is one of the most common signs of a termite infestation. Don’t expect to see any obvious signs of damage just from looking, however; termites typically don’t eat the surface layer. Instead, the damage is found inside the wood. Tapping the wood and hearing a hollow noise may indicate that termites have already made significant progress through the wood.
Piles of Wings
Termites discard their wings when they fly to a new place to live. If termites have arrived at your home, you may be able to find small piles of wings near access points to your home, including the windows. You may also spot the termites flying around your home before they discard their wings.
As termites make their way through a piece of wood, they leave behind droppings called frass. These droppings are the color of wood and sometimes resemble a small pile of sawdust in large quantities.
If you have painted wood surfaces, check them for any irregularities. Termites thrive in humid conditions, so if the paint has begun to warp or peel off, it may be a sign that you have a termite problem. The paint may also fall off if the wood surface behind it has been severely damaged by the termites.
As termites work their way through a food source, they form mud tubes on the surface of your home from beneath the ground. These tubes are used to keep conditions humid for optimal survival of the termites. Typical locations for mud tubes include the foundation of a home. If you remove a portion of a mud tube, you may be able to determine if termites are using it. Watch carefully to see if a termite comes out of the opening. You can also wait a few days to see if the termites rebuild the tube.
If you suspect that your home may become infested by a termite colony, a pest removal company can help you deal with the situation before it gets out of control. Contact Capitol Pest today to protect your home from these damaging pests.