Signs of Termites
Termites may be tiny, but they have the potential to completely destroy your home, furniture, and drywall. If you think you might have a termite problem, here are 10 signs that the damaging creatures are indeed living in your home.
1. Hollow Wood
If you knock on wood inside your home and hear a hollow sound, you probably have termites. Termites tend to eat through the inside of wood, which can cause the entire wood structure to become weakened or irreparably damaged.
Termites shed their wings after they mate and start to form new colonies. The discarded wings can often be found in door frames, window sills, vents, and bathtubs and are a sure sign of termites.
3. Visible Wood Tunnels
While not all tunnels that termites make are visible, some can be found on the outside of wood pieces or sheetrock. Carefully examine areas that you think may be infested by termites and look for telltale tunnel openings.
Termite droppings are known as frass and look a lot like pellets. Termites tend to kick the waste out of their tunnels, which means it forms in piles around the outside of the wood.
Termites that reproduce are called swarmers. If you notice swarms of termites in or around your home, schedule termite service immediately before the termites have a chance to reproduce on your property.
6. White Ants
If you’ve never seen termites before, you might mistakenly think they are strange white ants. Termites can be identified by their straight antenna, transparent or milky color, and double set of wings.
7. Clicking Sounds
If you hear strange clicking sounds around your home, it could be the sound of termites chewing away at your beautiful home. The clicking is loudest when you put your ear directly to the wall.
8. Warped Doors or Windows
Termites release moisture as they consume wood, which can cause the remaining wood structure to warp. This often happens to windows and doors.
9. Drooping Floors or Water-Damaged Drywall
Termites weaken wood and drywall. As they eat away relentlessly, they cause wood floors to sag and can make drywall appear to be water damaged.
10. Mud Tubes
Subterranean termites enter from the soil and use wood as well as saliva and fecal matter to create mud tubes. These tubes can often be seen along baseboards, flooring, and concrete walls.
If you have noticed some or all of these signs of termites in or around your home, it’s time to call Terminix® pest control services. The sooner you get rid of termites, the better your chance of saving the wood and drywall in your home.