Signs of a Termite Infestation

Discovering a pest problem in your home can be devastating. However, what may be worse is having one and not knowing about it. When it comes to protecting your home and family, you can never be too careful, especially when it comes to termite infestation.

These evasive, unwanted house guests can easily cause billions in damages and slowly eat you out of the house and home – literally. Sadly, termites can be difficult to spot, and the cost of repairs may not be covered by insurance.

To safeguard against termites, you must be vigilant; search for signs of a termite presence in your home and stop the infestation before it’s too late. Here are seven early warning signs of a termite infestation.

Do You Recognize the 7 Early Warning Signs of a Termite Infestation?- Look for termite droppings

The Trouble With Termites

Termites themselves aren’t harmful to humans. However, colonies of these insects can cause billions of dollars of damage each year. While they can be destructive to the structure of your home, they can destroy more than just your house. Termites feast on books, papers, insulation, and many more wood-like items you may have around your home.

Additionally, they can wear down trees, shrubs, and other foliage on your property. The worst part? You may not even know they are pulling up residence. Termites are notoriously difficult to spot. However, we have a few tips to help you spot a termite infestation early.

1. Spotting Pellets Or Droppings

Like many pests, the easiest way to discover an infestation is by finding droppings. Drywood termites may leave behind small, wood-colored pellets. You can find these deposits anywhere. As they tunnel, termites like to keep their areas clean.

To do that, they must remove their excrement from their path. Their droppings can often have the appearance of coffee grounds or sawdust.

2. Wings Left Behind

If you discover a ton of discarded wings near a closed window or door, you may need to consult a pest control expert. Termites swarm in the spring near well-lit, warm areas. Afterward, they will shed their wings. While you may mistake them from flying ants, note that termites have specific differences.

Their wings are all the same size and the insects themselves are not segmented. Flying ants’ wings are not the same size, and their bodies are segmented. If your home is playing host to a colony, finding piles of wings is a dead giveaway.

Do You Recognize the 7 Early Warning Signs of a Termite Infestation?- termites can be in swarms

3. Termite Swarms

In addition to finding discarded wings, you may be able to spot the insects during their mating season. Termites tend to swarm in the spring. Both males and females leave the colonies to mate and build a bigger colony. Unfortunately, that could mean bigger trouble for your home.

If you didn’t have termites, discovering a swarm is a sign that they may be ready to form a colony in or around your home. If you discover these swarms more than once, you may have an infestation.

4. Discovering Termite Bodies

A sure sign of a termite infestation is finding dead or living termites. This can be tricky since termites steer clear of highly trafficked areas. Also, if you do spot them, it’s possible you will mistake them for white or flying ants. Unfortunately, one is much more destructive.

Rule of thumb when telling the difference – there are no white ants. In addition to seeing them, you may hear them in your walls as well. You may hear a clicking or munching on the walls. If you have a good ear, take a listen.

5. Mud Structures and Tubes

Certain species of termites need to stay moist. Subterranean termites create mud tubes to get around. If you discovered these tube-like mud structures, you may have a termite problem.

Termites will create these tubes from moist soil to get from their colony to their food source. You can spot them around your home on hard surfaces or your foundation. It’s important to walk around your home with a sharp eye for signs of these mud tubes.

Do You Recognize the 7 Early Warning Signs of a Termite Infestation?- Mud tunnels are how termites get around,

6. Swollen Panels on Floor or Walls

If your infestation is serious, you may see the damage before you spot any termites. Raised floorboards or bumps in the wall are signs of an infestation. Often masquerading as water damage, swollen panels are not a good sign. Termites live just below wood surfaces which can cause panels to swell. This can also cause the paint to bubble. If you’ve ruled out water damage, then termites might be your problem.

7. Hollow Wood

When it comes to termites, the damage is real – and it could be easy to find. Simply knock on any wooden structures in your home. You can easily hear the hollow sound or punctured wood. Often, you can see cracks on the surface, splitting, or other extensive damage. Often, these disastrous pests create “galleries” or tunnels within the wood. They empty spaces that run parallel to the grain, leaving wooden structures hollow. This could be a sign of a serious infestation.

Knowing The Signs

When it comes to your family’s and home’s protection, you can never be too careful. When caught early, getting rid of termites can still be difficult. Taking control of the situation, however, can save you thousands in property damage. With termite infestation, the best course of action may be to consult a pest control expert. If you suspect you may have an infestation, do not hesitate. Learn the signs and take care of your termite problem today.

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