Are you aware of the risks associated with termites and the type of damage that could be done to your home by these insects? To adequately protect your home, you should be aware of the significant warning signs of termite infestations. The earlier you see the signs of termites, the better your chance of preventing severe damage.
Termites aren’t the only insect you should protect your house from, but they are one of the most significant structural risks to your home. Here are seven signs of a termite infestation to look out for in your home.
#1: Discarded Wings
Many homeowners discover termites in their homes after finding wings near their home’s foundation, both inside and outside. Discarded wings are left behind by a particular type of termite known as a swarmer, and these happen when an infestation has already taken route.
If you find wing piles in areas around your foundation, it’s key to call a professional as soon as possible to determine what type of infestation is at work and how to treat it quickly.
#2: Hollow, Damaged Wood
If you are moving into a new property or looking for signs of termite activity, it’s essential to know how to check wood for signs of damage. Termites consume wood, and they usually eat it from the inside out. This means that nothing is left behind but a thin veneer of wood or just the paint in more serious cases.
Knock on wood in areas where you suspect termite infestations. If you notice that the wood feels thin like paper or sounds hollow, it is likely infested. The wood feels different because it has been eaten away from the inside.
#3: Cracks On Your Walls
Another thing that you should look out for when worried about termites is cracks on your internal walls. These unexplained cracks could be a sign that termites are at work inside of your walls. As termites eat away, the timber develops cracks, and these cracks may seem like there is no reason for them. This is usually more common in older houses.
Knock on the walls surrounding these cracks to see if there are any signs of termites while waiting on a professional to come and check things out. Don’t forget to look up when looking for these cracks. Check ceilings as well, as these areas are also in danger of infestation.
#4: Hard To Open Windows And Doors
Do you have any doors or windows in your home that seem to be more challenging to open than usual?
While windows and doors will go through periods of being more difficult to open due to how wood warps with temperature and humidity changes, they can also warp due to termite damage.
As termites eat away at the inside of door and window frames, the wood can begin to warp and make it harder to open windows and doors. This happening isn’t a guarantee of termite problems, but this can be a warning sight that can go unnoticed if you don’t realize that termites, like humidity, can cause these changes.
Sometimes, it can be hard to tell if the issue you are dealing with is due to termites, carpenter ants, or something else altogether. The only way to know for sure when you know there is some type of infestation is to work with a professional.
#5: Seeing Swarmers
You’ve already learned about what wings around your foundation might mean, but where do those wings come from?
The discarded wings mentioned above come from what are known as swarmers. Swarmers are a type of flying termites, and if you see swarmers, it’s time to take action. Swarmers emerge from termite nests in large groups once the population reaches a specific size. The swarmers are seeking a mate as they leave the nest.
The behavior seen in these swarmers will depend on the type of termites that you are dealing with. Some will swarm at night; others will swarm after it rains during certain seasons. Regardless, seeing swarmers is a big deal, and you should take action immediately.
#6: Look For Mud Tubes
Many people know about mud tubes. Mud tubes are one of the most easily spotted signs of termite activity. Usually, these tubes show up on the edges of your foundation, and the tunnels act as tubes for finding food.
Subterranean termites seek this type of moisture as they build up their homes. You can reduce termite risk by ensuring that these environments are rare around your home. Mud tubes are a sign of the most destructive type of termites, so make sure to act immediately to check for an active infestation if you discover these around your home.
#7: Finding Frass
Have you ever heard of frass?
Frass is the droppings left behind by drywood termites. These wood-colored droppings look like small pellets and are often left behind in piles. If you find a pile of these droppings inside or outside the home, these are signs of termite infestation, and you should call a professional.
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