The Hard To Find Signs Of Termites
February 20, 2015
For many of us, our home is our largest investment. We don't want to have to worry about that investment being damaged or destroyed by something that is largely out of our control. That is why termites are such a scarey pest for homeowners. Termites are responsible for billions of dollars in damages a year in the U.S. alone. It can be very difficult to spot the signs of termites before they have moved in and started eating away at your home so knowing exactly what signs to be on the lookout for is key to keeping your home free of this destructive creature.
Subterranean termites are about 1/8th of an inch long. They have 6 legs and are creamy white to dark brown in color. This pest eats 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at any part of your home that is made of wood, such as floor beams and wall studs. With colonies consisting of thousands of termites, these pests can do a lot of damage in a short period of time. These tiny creatures have been responsible for collapsing entire buildings. Subterranean termites get into the wood inside of homes and eat from the inside out. They also live underground, making them even more difficult to spot.
While it's not easy to spot termites, there are some things you can be on the lookout for:
Look for spots that appear to have water damage as the damage caused by termites can have a similar look, including swollen wood or wood that appears to be buckling.
Look for wood that appears to be blistering or darkening.
You may notice frass piles around your home. This looks kind of like saw dust and is waste left behind by termites.
Discarded wings can also be a sign of termites in your home.
Keep an eye out for mud tubes, generally found near the foundation.
Termites swarm during the spring or the fall. Swarming termites can be confused for swarming ants so if you see insects swarming on your property, it wouldn't hurt to have a pest control professional come and check it out.
If you spot any of these signs of termites, or suspect a termite infestation for any reason, you should contact a pest control professional immediately. To eliminate a termite problem, you have to eliminate the entire colony and most over the counter sprays and treatments will not take care of a termite problem. Since signs of termites can be so tough to spot before damage is already done, contacting a professional to perform regular inspections can also be your best defense for protecting your greatest investment.