Termites are destructive and have insatiable appetites. They usually feast on wood, brick, and concrete, wreaking havoc wherever they go. Hence, you need to take preventive measures to ensure that the termites don´t cause extensive damages to your home.
Termites are excellent at hiding and going about their businesses under the radar. They can often reside in your home or on your property for a long period without being detected. Dry wood termites tend to hide deep within wooden structures while subterranean termites usually live underground. Locating these pestering insects before they cause significant damage can be a difficult task. However, it is not entirely impossible. Here are some alarming signs you need to look out for in order to keep termite damage to a minimum. Following these tips will help you spot a termite infestation in your home.
- You need to be on the lookout for discarded wings. When swarming termites take flight and depart to another location to create a new colony, they usually shed their wings. Therefore, if you bear witness to small piles of wings around the foundation, window sills and in spider webs, you should take action immediately.
- You must also be on the lookout for mud tubes, or shelter tubes. The tubes are largely constructed of wood, debris, and dirt; these tubes are used by the termites to serve as a bridge between the colony and the wood. However, even if you don’t see any tubes in your structure, it doesn´t mean that your structure is free of termites. After all, the termites can still penetrate through voids and cracks in the foundation, patios, terraces, steps etc. You will usually see the formation of these tubes before the termites start their feast.
- Of course, termites, like the rest of us, also excrete. And, they usually leave droppings of frass behind them after consuming wood. Professionals usually look out for frass when they conduct termite inspections. Subterranean termites usually use their feces to build their tunnels and tubes. However, it is not the case for dry wood termites. Dry wood termites usually push their feces out of small holes near the entrances to their nest. And, these feces usually look like small black marks and dark powdery substances. Hence, if you see the droppings, you can be assured that there is an infestation nearby where the termites are up to no good.
- One of the easiest ways you can spot a termite infestation in your home is by checking the wood and furniture in your home. If you bear witness to small, straw-like signs in the wooden elements, you can bet your bottom dollar that those signs are the work of termites. Wood that is damaged by termites resonates with a dull thud and hollow sound when tapped with a hammer. That´s because termites mainly consume wood from the inside out, leaving a thin veneer of timber or just the paint. Upon discovery, you shouldn´t hesitate to call the professionals pronto! Some of the most common stories you might read about termites may involve a case where a problem is only discovered when the vacuum cleaner goes through a skirting board or when a finger pressed into a door frame goes through the frame.
- Many people often confuse termites with ants. To be fair to that category of people, it can get rather difficult distinguishing between the two insects. After all, they are quite similar in shape and size. However, you can easily spot the differences between the ants and termites through closer inspection. Compared to ants, termites are relatively lighter in color and they usually boast of a white/creamy color. To be precise, they can appear translucent.
The antennae on the termites are also dead straight and not elbowed like the ones on ants. You can also clearly notice that termites have thicker waists than ants. The section where the thorax meets the abdomen is quite narrow on ants. However, you can noticeably see that this particular section is considerably larger on the termites. Although both flying ants and termites have two sets of wings, they are not similar in size. On flying ants, you will notice that one set of the wings is larger than the other; ant wings tend to be longer in the front and shorter in the back. Whereas, on the termites, you will see that the wing sets are both of the same size.
If you suspect you have a termite infestation or would like to protect your home with a termite contract, then give All-State Pest and Lawn a call today.