Maybe you have been asking, “How do I know if I have termites?” Termites can cause significant damage to your home, and they’re notoriously difficult to get rid of. If you think you have termites, take action. It’s important to know if you have them so you can treat them and protect your home.
Here are some signs that could indicate you have a termite infestation:
1. Termite droppings
The most obvious sign of termites is their droppings. They look like small, brown pellets, and they can be found in the soil around your home. You’ll also see them on the floor or counter tops near the baseboards and doors. If you look closely, you may even find them inside the walls of your home. This can be a good indicator that you have termites in your home, but it is not definitive proof of their presence.
2. Hollow wood
If you see hollow wood in your home, this is an immediate sign of termites. Termites create tunnels through wood by eating it away from the inside out. These tunnels are usually less than 1/2 inch wide, so they’re difficult to spot with the naked eye. But if you see holes that look like Swiss cheese in your furniture or walls, it’s likely that these were made by termites. If there is any sign of this in your house, then it is best to get an inspection from a professional immediately.
3. Mud tubes
When a termite colony moves into a new area, they will often build mud tubes to help them move around the area quickly and efficiently without having to use their mandibles for digging through soil or clay. These mud tubes can be seen between two pieces of wood or in the ground near trees, which may indicate that there are termites nearby. When you see these tubes it is important to contact an exterminator immediately so that they can stop any potential damage before it becomes worse and more expensive for you to repair later on.
4. Damaged wood
The most noticeable sign of termite infestation is damaged wood. Termite damage can be found in walls, doors and furniture. The damage may look like small pin holes or cracks in the wood. These pinholes may also cause discoloration on the surface of the wood. If you’re unsure about what you’re seeing as termite damage, contact an expert for further inspection.
5. Termite wings
Another sign of an infestation is when you see termite wings scattered around your home or yard. These are shed by flying swarmers (the new queens and kings) who’ve left their colony in search of new places to establish their own colonies elsewhere — namely yours!
Those wings are very fragile and break easily when dropped onto hard surfaces like concrete or tile floors. If you find tiny pieces of winged insect debris on your flooring or countertops, don’t assume it’s just dust! It may be termite wings instead — and those little guys can cause some serious damage if left unchecked!
The presence of termites can be detected in a number of ways. Some are more obvious than others; however, all will require inspection and treatment by a professional.
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