We never get tired of termite education. We want to talk about different ways to detect and identify termite activity in and around your home. A lot of times, termites can go undetected for quite sometime, which in turn results in rapid infestation. For instance, major damage can be happening underground by subterranean termites before you even realize.
Here are some warning signs and ways to detect termites in and around our home.
• Discolored/drooping drywall is one sign but you may also notice small pin-sized holes in the sheet rock or wallpaper. If you notice this, it’s time for an inspection. In some cases, damage can be limited to just the sheet rock and can be replaced in sections. In other cases, it can also be structural and extensive.
• Peeling paint that resembles water damage can be signs of an infestation. Termites need moisture, therefore they bring the moisture and it will stay contained behind the paint. If there are others signs of bubbling or peeling paint you should also check for leaks and even poor sealing.
• Wood that sounds hollow when tapped, wooden or laminate floors that are buckling, crumbling or damaged wood, excessively squeaky floor boards, loosened tiles from added moisture, and even stuck windows or doors, are all signs of termite activity. Although some of these can be attributed to other issues, you can’t go wrong by scheduling an inspection just to be sure.
• Maze like patterns in furniture, floor boards, or walls are another tell tale sign of termites.
• Mounds of termite pellets, also known as droppings or frass, which resemble little piles of salt and pepper.
• Piles of wings left behind after swarms. These wings will often resemble fish scales. You may see them in spider webs and even on surfaces around your home’s foundation, for example window sills or even door frames. You could find these wings inside and outside of your home.
• Mud tubes climbing the foundation of your home. These tubes are simply shelter tubes and they act as a bridge between the colonies and the wood they eat. These tubes are compiled of tiny particles of soil, wood, and debris and serve to protect the colonies from any predator and also preserve moisture.
• Flying termite swarms anywhere on your property or around your home. Most of the time these swarms can go undetected because they happen briefly and are based on species and weather conditions. Often times they swarm when most people are away from the home and some species even swarm at dusk and they are missed completely.
If you notice one or even a couple of these warning signs and think you may have termite activity, call us immediately and we can help you determine the best course of action for your home. We urge you to have a yearly termite inspection and to stay current on all pest control matters. Termite activity or infestation can creep up on a home and diminish so much of it’s value. Let us help you prevent and protect your home and family.