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Early Warning Signs of Termite Infestation

April 9, 2016 | Termite Signs & Symptoms

early signs of termites in house

You will want to look for signs of termite infestation early on in order to protect the foundation of your home and its value. Otherwise, you may end up having to pay lots of money fixing the damage done to your home if you don’t discover your termite infestation early on. Remember there are two types of termites that affect most people’s homes; subterranean termites and drywood termites. Subterranean termites form colonies underneath the ground in the soil and drywood termites colonize in the wooden furniture, hardwood or framing of your home. Both types of termites like warmer areas, but every state has subterranean termites that live in the ground. Termites are also active throughout the year, not just during the spring and summer like some people think. So you should always be looking out for termites all year round.

There are 5 early warning signs that you may have termites. The first is any wood that has a hollow sound to it. Termites don’t like to feed on the surface of the wood. They inhabit dark and humid environments that are inside the wood. So just tap on your wooden objects from time-to-time to see if they sound hollow. If they do then they are infested with termites that are feasting inside the wood. Next, look for the discarded wings of swarmers. These are reproductive termites that lose their wings, so if you see a group of wings anywhere then it means you have termites.

Check your wooden flooring or surfaces for distorted or cracked paint. Even if the crack is as thick as a dime, then it could mean termites have gotten inside the wood. You’ll want to seal these cracks any time you notice them. You should also check around the siding and foundation of your home because these are the most common areas you’ll find cracks. When you do this, look for mud tubes located on the exterior walls of your home. These are tubes built by subterranean termites that give them moisture as they search for food. Avoid placing wood chips, firewood and mulch near your home as well because these materials provide moisture for termites.

And finally, if you see “frass” near your wood then you have termites. Frass is actually a nickname for termite droppings. These are the droppings they leave behind after eating wood, which almost resemble piles of flax seed. You’ll know it when you see it.

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