According to the National Pest Control Association, there are several signs to look for when it comes to identifying termite damage. Be sure to look for these signs and contact a pest control expert before the problem worsens.
What to Look For
When searching for signs if termite infestation and damage, there are common tell-tale clues to look for. The most typical is the presence of a kind of material resembling mud formations that tend to line the galleries of walls and posts with an irregular pattern. Since termites excavate wood, a thin layer of this material remains both on the outside and surface of this cavity. Afterwards, the layer is broken, which then covers the holes created by these pests with mud-like material. The “mud” is made up of three components – saliva and feces of termites, and soil.
Mud tunnels or tubes made by termites serve as their means of traveling from the nest to their source of food. These tunnels are evidences that your home is suffering from termite infestation, however, there are instances that these pests may be present even without any mud tubes. In some homes, termites reach other wood portions through cracks in the foundation wall. Hence, you should check your patio, terrace or porches for possible signs of termites. You may also break these tubes open to inspect for termites that may be active inside these constructions. If you notice that these tunnels have been rebuilt after destroying them, then it means those termites are continuing their activities.
Common Sites to Inspect for Termite Infestation
A few tools will come in handy when checking for termite damage. Be sure to bring a screwdriver, pocketknife and flashlight when you inspect for termites in your home. You will need to check common areas such as galleries and voids of walls. If you notice some shed wings laying on the area, this may mean there is a termite activity going on. Do not forget to inspect damaged wood and mud tubes created by these insects.
Most termites are located near or at the ground level since it is closer to the soil. However, if the area is warmer, these tunnels created by termites occur at the second floor of your home. As for checking for damages caused by termites, you may probe wood using a knife or screwdriver. If your home is on the soil, you will need to inspect both the interior and exterior parts of the foundation. Be sure to begin checking for termites in the basement using a flashlight. Swarmers’ activity such as shed wings and mud tubes are among the signs to look for during the process.
Areas to look closely include sub floors, basement window frames, wooden portions under porches, supporting piers, joists and support posts. As long as the construction is wooden, you should inspect thoroughly to make sure you do not miss out any portions of your home. Old tree stumps, exterior frames of your basement windows and fence posts will also need to be inspected well. Lastly, flooring should also be checked well to make sure there are no damages present or a spongy texture that is a sign of termite activity.
Once you have detected termite infestation, be sure to contact an expert to address the issue before it gets worse.