WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF TERMITES INFESTATIONS?

Published on 30 July 2021

If you live in a city where temites are most common, some signs can help you detect if termites are infesting your home. Termites can cause disastrous damages if they are not detected in time. 

TOP SIGNS OF TERMITE INFESTATION

If you are looking for termite infestation signs, here a few warnings that you should take into consideration. 

First, regarding wood damage, termites eat all the wood (from the inside out) and wood cellulose that is present in your home: furniture, walls, doors, books, wooden frameworks, etc.

Consequently, wood sounds hollow when tapped which can help you detect termites. 

termite infestation sign

Swarming season often happens during springtime when the temperature rises, meaning that swarmings, or alates (winged termites) leave their nest to mate with other alates and establish a new colony in another place. 

Once they found a new place, their wings break off and it is highly possible to find wings inside or outside your home. Finding wings are often one of the first sign of termite presence, so you want to look for this very sign. 

Another visible sign: mud tubes or mud trails left by subterranean termites. As far as the subterranean termites are concerned, they need continuous contact with sol to be able to reach water. 

They leave these mud trails when they need to travel above ground and they can be found near wall or in door jams, on wood, inside and outside your house. 

mud trails subterranean termites

Drywood termites nest inside of wood and leave behind frass or droppings. These drywood termite excrement look like mounds of pellets and are one of the top signs of drywood termite infestation. 

They eject pellets through a small hole out of the nest, since they do not have enough space.

Most of the time, pellets are shades of brown, but they can also be brighter. 

termite pellets

HOW TO PREVENT TERMITE INFESTATION AND PROTECT HOMEOWNERS' HOUSES?

In order to prevent any termite infestation, you should have an annual pest inspection by a pest management professional, especially when you live in a state that has the highest risk of termites

You can also avoid storing any wood along your house, whether it is firewood, lumber, newspapers, carboard, since termites are attracted to timber and feed themselves with this material without interruption. 

Some of the termites are drawn to moisture and humidity which means that you should look for any leaks, deficient gutters that can cause humidity and moisture near your accommodation, or it will drag the termites to your house.

Do not forger to keep an eye on all exterior areas made of wood, including windows, doorframes for any noticeable changes.