Termites are highly destructive pests and are the leading cause of damage to wood walls and structures in homes. If termites have invaded your home, you need to act fast to limit damage to your walls, floors, ceilings, and the wooden structural framework of your home. Since you won't know the exact extent of their invasion, you will need the help of a termite control professional.
The first step in termite control is detection. Since they won't be in plain sight, you will have to look for signs of infestation. Here are six signs:
Wood That Sounds Hollow
When subterranean termites eat wood, they leave the grain behind. This produces hollow chambers inside the wood with tunnels connecting them. These can be detected by tapping the wall and listening for a hollow sound.
Subterranean termites require the moist environment of soil to live, yet require wood for food. They solve this problem by building long tubes built from moist mud that you may see going up your foundation wall into a crack that leads into your home where their food is. If you spot a tube, open it to verify the presence of these termites.
You may catch groups of winged termites in the process of swarming. At certain times of the year, winged termites fly in swarms varying from tens to hundreds or thousands. They do this to establish new colonies. These swarms may occur outdoors or even indoors.
After swarmers find a new place to start a colony, they discard their wings and usually disappear from sight. If you see piles of discarded wings of the same type lying around floors, window sills, or your foundation, it's a sign that termites are starting a colony. If you want to prevent the colony from getting well established, call a professional immediately.
These are the wood-colored pellet droppings of drywood termites. These pellets are often found in piles on the ground or floor below an infested wall. Termites push their frass out of small holes in the wall.
Cracks On Wood Surfaces
Unexplained cracks on walls or ceilings may indicate their presence. A floor that feels springy or spongy is another indicator.
If you notice one or more of these signs, call a termite control professional for an inspection. Don't shrug it off because termites may be eating away at your home from the inside out.