Termites are small insects, in fact, most termites are only ¼ to ½ inch in length. Each individual termite eats only a tiny amount of wood, so how is it that they can do so much damage to your house? Well, consider that one termite colony can number anywhere from tens of thousands up to millions of these voracious insects. The fact that termite infestations may go undetected for years means that the damage done to the structure of your home by termites could be quite extensive before you even know it’s happening.
If you don’t see them, how can you tell if termites are making themselves at home in your house? Here are some telltale signs that you could have an unseen termite infestation:
- Hollow Wood. If you tap on a wooden structure and it sounds hollow, it is possible that termites have been consuming the wood.
- Mud Tubes. These are tubes that termites construct from dirt and feces that give them a protected way to travel outside of the nest to a food source.
- Wings. If you find discarded insect wings, they may have belonged to pairs of mating termites.
- Droppings. Some types of termites leave visible piles of pellets that may vary in color.
And finally, the surest sign of termite infestation and one that signals the need for a professional exterminator as soon as possible:
- Termite Swarms. In the spring, swarms of winged termites leave the nest to mate and start new termite colonies. Swarming termites are larger than other termites and have two sets of wings that are of equal length. Termite swarms in the vicinity of your home indicate a termite presence nearby, possibly even in the wooden structures of your home. If you see flying termites inside your home, do not wait – call a termite exterminator right away.
Unless swarms appear inside the house, many homeowners don’t know they have termites until after structural damage has been done. Contact us to find out what our termite prevention and elimination services can do to help you protect your home against termite infestation.