An untreated termite infestation can threaten the stability of your home. Unfortunately, termites often live and thrive in a house for months or even years before they’re discovered. Luckily, learning how to recognize certain indicators can help you spot an invasion before the termites can eat their way through your walls
Like most pests that invade our homes, termites leave behind droppings. However, if you’ve never come into contact with the insects before you can easily overlook this inconspicuous sign. Termite droppings, also known as frass, resemble wood shavings and are often spotted near window sills or in less frequented areas, such as crawl spaces or basements. If you believe your home is infested, and you’re searching for evidence, pay close attention to the nooks and crannies around your house. If you do spot termite droppings call your pest control company, immediately.
Due to a termite’s attraction to dark and humid areas, the bug generally does not feed on the surface of wood. Unfortunately, this makes detecting their presence a complicated process. If you suspect your home has a termite problem, knocking on your walls and hearing a hollow sound can alert you to an infestation. However, clearer evidence can occur when termites create galleries that run closer to the surface. The damage will cause cracks to appear in the wood. If you find unusual fissures on your walls, floors or ceiling don’t ignore them; otherwise the issue will only get worse.
Termite swarmers are not a common occurrence, but when they are seen, it usually indicates a nest is close by. Flying termites are fertile males and females searching for a mate. While their presence outside of your home doesn’t necessarily signify an infestation, it does warrant an inspection. On the other hand, if you see them inside or you spot discarded termite wings on the floor of your house the likelihood of a nest in your home is extremely high.
If you’ve discovered one or more of these indicators in your home, please contact us today to schedule a termite inspection.