Termites cause damage to the home they have infested. They get nutrients from cellulose in wood and plant matter. Termites damage building components by eating and tunneling through the wood, which weakens it. To help protect your property, be aware of the signs of termites in your home.
Look for Insect Swarms
Most likely be the only time you’ll physically see termites before noticing home damage is when they are swarming. Termite swarms occur when the insects are ready to leave their colony, find a home, and establish a new colony.
Discarded Wings are Signs of Termites in Your Home
After termites have found a location to start a new colony, they shed their wings. Discarded wings will often be one of the first signs of termites in your home. Look for wings piling up around window sills. Call your local termite inspector if you find piles of wings.
Noises in the Walls
Soldier termites warn the rest of the colony when they sense danger. They provide this warning by making noise as they shake their bodies or bang their heads against the wood. You may notice a clicking noise if you listen closely.
Termite droppings are called frass and are one of the more obvious signs of termites in your home. Frass is typically left behind by drywood termites as they eat wood and create tunnels. Frass looks like wood shavings or sawdust and will pile up outside of holes that lead to termite tunnels in wood.
Mud Tubes are Signs of Termites in Your Home
Mud tubes are created by subterranean termites. These tubes allow the insects to travel through the soil to their food source. Unfortunately, their food source may be the wood inside your home. Termites need moisture to prevent themselves from drying out. The mud tubes allow them to travel and remain damp. Look for mud tunnels around your foundation.
Look Outside for Signs of Termites
Check your yard for signs of termites. Termites may damage trees on your property and cause them to become weak and dangerous. They could fall and harm your house, cars, and family members. Inspect trees and stumps for signs of termites. Have stumps and dead trees removed from your yard.
Do you see any damaged wood on the exterior of your home? Termites often start eating rotted areas or bare, exposed wood. Inspect for moisture-damaged wood, too. You’re inviting termites if you don’t repair the damaged wooden components on the exterior of the house.