Posted March 12, 2021
Did you know that termites are active year-round? Though you may not notice them during the colder months, they can still be doing damage to your home. These pests become easier to spot starting in March when subterranean termites begin to swarm. If swarmers are near your property, there is a high chance of a colony nearby.
These pests cause an estimated 5 billion dollars a year in property damage. It’s important to be aware of the signs of infestation so you can detect the presence of termites early on, making the issue easier and less costly to fix. Here are 8signs of a termite infestation to watch for.
When termites sense danger, they bang their heads against their tunnels to warn the rest of the colony. This headbanging sounds like rattling or clicking. If you hear similar noises coming from the walls or in any wood that’s in or near your home, you’ll want to get that checked as soon as possible.
You may see paint bubbling or peeling off the walls and think it’s just water damage. While that’s always a possibility, it could also be a sign of termites. These insects survive off of humid environments and therefore bring moisture with them wherever they go. This can cause paint damage as termites feed closer to the wall. If you look behind peeling paint and notice that the sheetrock paper is missing, this is a sign of termites.
Termites need to be in a humid environment, so they will connect their colonies to a food source using mud tunnels to avoid drying out. These tunnels provide a warm, humid passageway that also helps keep these pests safe from predators. Mud tunnels are usually found around the foundation of the exterior of the home or in the basement. If you see mud tubes on your property, do not knock them down. Termites can easily rebuild their tunnels. Removal should be done by a professional.
There are a couple of things to look for when it comes to wood damage. If the wood is exposed, you may see holes or mazes carved by these insects. However, termites tend to feed on wood from the inside out. If wood has a hollow sound or feel, termites could be to blame.
Swarmers can be seen anytime between March and November, depending on the subtype. As mentioned above, seeing swarms of termites near your home is not a good sign and usually means a colony has been around for a while. Even if you don’t notice swarmers, you may notice their wings. These pests will usually shed their wings near window seals or doorways.
Since termites create humid environments wherever they travel, this can cause the wood around doors and windows to warp, making them hard to open or close. A tight window or door frame doesn’t always mean termites are around, but it can still be a sign to watch for.
Drywood termites can be harder to spot because they have everything they need to survive right in the woodwork. However, small piles of frass can be a sign of their presence. Drywood termites will remove waste from their nests and deposit it through the dump holes they carve.
Similar to peeling paint and warped door frames, termites can also cause damage to wood flooring. While termites may not be the only factor, bubbling or extra noisy floorboards can be a sign of an infestation.
Termites are one of the most difficult pests to get rid of and require professional removal services. However, these pests can be really hard to notice during the early stages of infestation. We recommend the use of termite monitors in addition to regular pest control services to help catch the critters before damage is done to your home. If you suspect termites, give us a call immediately at (855) 953-2002 or submit a contact form here.