Of the many problems that can be encountered as a homeowner, there are few as dreaded as a termite infestation. Not only are these tiny insects capable of major damage to your home’s structure, but they can also easily fly under the radar for extended periods of time, allowing them to wreak havoc while going completely unnoticed. Naturally, the greater the extent of the infestation, the greater the damage and associated costs of treatment and repair. For this reason, it is vital that all homeowners be aware of the telltale signs that typically accompany termites.
Signs Of A Termite Infestation
Fortunately, termites do leave clues to their presence that can be detected with a watchful eye. Spotting any of these signs is a signal to seek the help of a pest control professional immediately:
- Mud Tubes – Termites require strict temperature and humidity levels in order to survive and thrive. They help achieve these conditions by building pencil-sized mud tubes that help block out the cool and dry air around them. These tubes are commonly found around your home’s foundation or food sources like trees.
- Termite Droppings – Termites leave droppings near the area they are infesting. These droppings are known as frass, and they typically appear as small mounds of pellets.
- Damaged Wood – Wood that has been damaged by termites often has long grooves where the bugs have feasted. Infested areas may also resemble water damage with buckling or blisters. Address any potential sign of wood damage from these pests immediately. If neglected it can result in costly structural damage to the home.
- Discarded Wings – Termites discard their wings when they have located a mate and a place to start a new colony. These tiny wings are all the same size and fairly easy to identify should they begin appearing near windows, doors, and other points of entry to the home.
Contacting Professional Help
Unfortunately, once signs of a termite infestation appear there may already be an extensive amount of costly damage. Termite control is a preventative option that can protect your home from an infestation occurring in the first place. If you are ready to protect your home from these unwanted pests, contact a Chorbie professional to request an inspection and quote for termite control services.