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What Are The Signs Of Termites?

Termites are destructive household pests that can cause a lot of damage to our homes. This article is about the signs of termites and what you can do to identify them.

November 18, 2022
Written By:  
Thomas Harper
What Are The Signs Of Termites?

Termite infestation is frequently not noticed until serious harm has been done. Termites are tough to locate until it is too late because they reside in a dark, moist, and protected environment.

It might be challenging to spot a termite infestation since termites eat their way through the wood from the inside, but there are several signs that they are present.

Mud Tubes

The mud tubes running down your house's side resemble tiny veins. These tubes pop up from the ground and head for the exposed wood. To protect themselves from the dryness of the air, termites use mud tubes.

By cutting off a portion of the mud tube and looking for live termites, you can determine whether you have an active termite infestation if you discover mud tubes. If you are still looking for them, return later to see if the tube is fixed.

Even if the mud tube is not fixed and there are no indications of living termites, you are still unsafe. The termites may have relocated to a location on your property or home where they can easily access a food source.

Termite Droppings

Another indicator of termite activity is termite droppings, often known as "frass." To avoid buildup, termites eat down the wood, digest it, and push it out of the colony.

Drywood termite frass is wood-colored and pellet-shaped, with characteristics similar to wood dust or shavings. Conversely, subterranean termites build mud tunnels out of their feces.

Abrasions Under Wallpaper Or Paint

Termites dig under the surface of your walls, feasting on cardboard and wood paneling, to generate small pinholes known as escape holes and tunnels known as termite galleries.

Sometimes they do this without removing the thin layer of paint or wallpaper already present, making this kind of damage challenging to spot without first removing the paint or wallpaper. Because of this, termite damage is more frequently found during home repairs and renovations.

Tight Doors Or Difficult-To-Open Windows

Termites typically target areas like window and door frames because they are easy to access and have exposed wood. Your windows and door frames may warp as termites start to eat through the wood, making it challenging to open or close them correctly.

In addition to jammed windows or doors, termite damage can cause other structural issues with your house, like baseboards that are deteriorating or sagging floors and ceilings.

Sightings Of Flying Termites Or Abandoned Wings

Property owners frequently notice swarmers or alates as the first indication of an infestation. The remains of discarded wings on windowsills and floors are another typical sign. The similar and disembodied wings are unmistakable indicators of an indoor termite swarm, even if they can rapidly vanish after they've chosen their mate.

Final Thoughts

Termites can seriously and expensively destroy your property; thus, we should recognize warning signs of their presence. Termite damage can build over time since termite colonies take three to five years to grow.

Harper Pest Control can assist if your house needs termite protection. You can get help picking the best termite treatment option for your requirements from one of our licensed termite control professionals. Contact us now!

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