Termites can be a homeowners worst nightmare. These pesky insects can destroy your home, one piece of wood at a time. Fortunately, the destruction caused by termites doesn’t happen overnight, so the quicker you find and treat a termite infestation, the less costly it will be to fix. Without question, protecting against termites should be a top priority when it comes to your home. Not only is it a good idea to have a yearly termite inspection, but it can also be valuable to know and understand the signs of a possible termite infestation. By being able to identify these seven warning signs, you can get help sooner and save yourself time and money in the long run.
1. Termite Swarms
In the Spring, termite reproductives, called alates, leave the colony in search of a mate and a place to start a new colony. Although these termites have wings, they are poor flyers and generally just drift with the wind. They typically do not get far, so if you are seeing termite swarms, chances are good their nest is close by.
2. Discarded Wings
Once the swarming termites land, they intentionally discard their wings since they will no longer be needed. Piles of discarded wings can often be found on window ledges, near doorways, or around other entry points.
3. Damaged Wood
Termites eat cellulose, which is a component of wood. As they chew through the wood, they make tunnels known as galleries. These maze-like grooves can weaken the structural integrity of the wood over time, leading to costly repairs.
4. Damaged Floors or Walls
Termite galleries and internal damages are difficult to see, but there are outward signs of termite weakened wood. Damage to floors and walls is a noticeable sign. This could include sagging or buckling floorboards, hollow sounding wood, or cracks in ceilings or walls.
5. Mud Tubes
Subterranean termites typically live underground and will build mud tubes to their food source. Termites require certain humidity levels and temperatures to survive, so these tunnels allow them to regulate their environment as they travel. Mud tubes are usually about the diameter of a pencil and are found where the house and the ground meet. The presence of mud tubes is an obvious sign of a termite infestation.
6. Moisture Spots
Termites use mud (a combination of saliva, wood, and dirt) to insulate their surroundings in order to maintain a stable humidity. This higher humidity can lead to moisture damage. Discolored areas of drywall, damp spots on walls or ceilings, and peeling paint can all be related to excess moisture caused by termites.
7. Piles of Frass
Termite excrement is called frass. Since there isn’t a lot of room inside the galleries, termites will create holes where they can push all the frass out. As time passes, piles of frass may start to accumulate around baseboards, porches, or window ledges. Frass may look like sawdust initially, but upon closer examination, the small pellets are six-sided and can range in color from light brown to black.
If you notice any of these signs of termites around your home, call EcoArmor Pest Defense to have our trained technicians do a full inspection of your home. If we find termites, we will develop a treatment plan to eliminate the termites and help you establish protections to keep them away. We are a veteran owned and operated company, so you can be confident that we maintain and keep the highest possible standards. At EcoArmor, we know that the best offense is a great defense. Contact us today!