What are the First Signs of Termites? Termite Infestation

Posted by Clint Miller on May 7, 2019

Termites in house structures can lead to extensive damage, which is something to be avoided. Termite signs will help you determine if your home is being attacked. Checking for signs of termites is a good start to determining a plan of action.

There are different types of termites such as dry wood termites and termites with wings. Dry-wood termites are drawn to dry-wood, which includes furniture as well as areas in the crawl space, garage, or wooden storage shed. Vulnerable areas include the framing around doors and windows and foundations.

How to identify signs of termite infestation:

  • Noise from walls - if you press your ear against an area you think might be infected with drywood termites, listen closely for clicking-type sounds. The sound is emitted as termites chew.
  • Discarded wings - once male and female flying termites' mate, they lose their wings. The pair then find an area to set up housekeeping, raise their young, and build a new colony.
  • Mistaken identity - termites and white ants are similar in their appearance, so it's a common mistake to think you have one when it's the other.  The differences are found in their color. Termites are light and almost translucent, their antennae are straight, they have a thicker waist, and two sets of same-size wings.
  • Hollow timber - if you experience wood that is papery thin and easily punctured, it's a good chance it has been eaten by termites from the inside. When this happens, the exterior may look okay but a gentle push with your finger will prove otherwise.
  • Tunnels - a sure sign of termites are tunnels running through a piece of wood. Also referred to as 'galleries', if you have access to exposed timber inside the home, or if there's timber in your yard, inspect it for tunnels. 
    Evidence of active termite tube
  • Warped wood - another mistake is assuming windows that are difficult to open or doors that won't close properly have been affected by moisture. This is true but the moisture may be the result of termites. Shelter tubes - these tube-like shelters may be found along the foundation. The termites use these for protection and for storing food. 
  • Sagging floors - due to the way termites burrow, the pattern can weaken the floors resulting in sagging. 
  • Frass - termites, like other insects, leave fecal matter around the infested area where they reside. The frass will look like dark powder. 

Steps to take after noticing termites

How to get rid of termites or prevent them from encroaching on your home is the next step in protection.  If you would like to get a free termite inspection, schedule a time for a termite inspection here.

If it's obvious your home is already infested, choosing from the many termite treatment options that are available from a reputable pest control service is the first step. The type of termites treatment used will depend on the type of termites residing in or on your property is the first step. With the services of a professional company on site, the technician can find the source of the infestation, gauge the extent of the termite colony, determine if the colony is above ground or if subterranean termites are the source of the problem, and suggest a plan to eliminate the colony. 

There are several preventative steps you can take to help keep termites at bay once your home is inspected and/or treated. These include:

  • Exterior walls - keep vines off the exterior. Do not place flower boxes, planters, or trellises against the exterior walls. Termites use these objects as another means of accessing the home.
  • Water - provide adequate irrigation to keep water from accumulating around the foundation. Termites need water to survive and pooling rain water is an easily accessible source.
  • Landscaping - Remove any debris, such as fire wood or mulch, from around the home's foundation. If you have trees in your yard and broken limbs lying around, remove these as well. For homes with fireplaces, stack the wood far away from any structures.

Contact Clint Miller Exterminating

Whether you want to have your home inspected to determine if there is an established termite infestation or you've checked around the home and seen signs of termites and need help to get rid of the infestation, contacting the professional staff at Clint Miller Exterminating for immediate help is the first step to peace of mind.

With over 30 years of experience in pest control services, you can count on the experienced staff to find a solution. From yearly inspections to stay ahead of potential problems to resolving infestations using state-of-the-art treatments, the company can take care of the problems specific to your home.

Call our office at (704) 436-6607 or fill out the convenient online form to schedule an inspection at a time that works for you. The inspection is free and there is no obligation. 

 

Topics: Termite Control, Pest Exterminator