Termites are the last thing any homeowner wants to find in their home. Termites can cause insurmountable damage, and they usually go unobserved until the damage is severe. They can break into the foundations of your home, eat through your walls, and compromise the integrity of your home. In a nutshell, termites are always dreadful. Therefore, when you start noticing the signs of termites in your home, it is important to pay close attention.
Many factors contribute to the advent of termites, including higher temperatures, moisture levels, light intensity, wind, and atmospheric pressure. Normally, many parts of the country may suffer from termite swarms in the spring season. However, in areas where temperatures remain favorable termites can also swarm in the fall season too. No matter where you live, termites are good at getting out of sight. You may not be aware of a pest until it's too late.
If you can detect an infestation early on - or signs that one may be brewing - contact your local termite control experts to inspect your home. The Neoteric Chemicals and Solutions can help protect your home from the significant structural damage that termites can cause.
Here are 5 warning signs that signal that you may have termite’s infestation.
Frass or Termite droppings are the clear sign of a termite infestation. Dry wood termites’ nest within the wood. While creating tunnels, and eating the wood, termites discard excrement, creating piles of pellets. Normally, the waste is very small, about a millimeter in length, and can look like sawdust or wood shavings. You can find these pellets anywhere there is wood in the house, including attics. If you notice any termite droppings in your home, call a professional as soon as possible to do a termite inspection.
Every year, there is the emergence of termite swarmers from old termite colonies in search of starting a new colony. Swarmers are winged adult termites believed to be the future kings and queens of the new colony. The swarm is commonly mistaken for flying ants, although the main differences are antennae, body type, and wing length.
If you find anything like a termite swarm in your home, call termite control experts. They can tell if you are dealing with ants or termites.
As the termite colony matures, winged termites leave the nest to create a new colony. Termites shed their wings when they are no longer needed. Piles of wings are a sign that termites are present. Termites are attracted to light, so you are more likely to see wings on basement windowsills, or perhaps in a spider web. If you see wings in your home, seek professional help immediately.
Damaged wood is the very first indicator of termite infestation. Termites eat wood from the inside and leave a distinct pattern on it after feeding. The wood becomes hollow and weak. Damaged wood may not be look damaged at first. You may notice creaking or swaying in wood or doors and windows that are more difficult to open. Wood can also collapse or bend under pressure.
When we talk about termites, we don’t know which one annoys us the most. As if the discarded wings and droppings weren't bad enough, you can hear termites chewing on the wood inside your walls. Termites are noisy eaters, so if you put your ear against the wall, you can probably hear them chewing in your home.
Termite soldiers bang their heads against wood in your walls and shake their bodies when they sense the danger to warn their mates and save the colony from potential threats. These activities of soldiers produce a significant clicking sound. Anyone can hear it if listen carefully.