How to Tell If You Have Termites

How to Tell If You Have Termites

Termites. Just the name of these tiny pests can send shivers down the spine of a homeowner, and for good reason. Termites are known for sneaking into homes through cracks in the foundation and wreaking real havoc to the interior wooden structure, sometimes literally right under a homeowner’s nose. Worst of all, termites have a penchant for staying silent and subtle, making it difficult to spot their dirty work until it is too late.

Difficult, however, is not the same as impossible. If you keep your eyes open, you might be able to spot the telltale signs of a termite infestation in the works and react accordingly.

Three common evidences of termite activity include:

  1. Early-summer swarm: Termites reproduce after a swarm of their winged forms emerge on a warm spring or early-summer day. These swarms actually come straight from the ground, so if you witness this happening, you know its termites. If you don’t see the swarm, you might see a lump or large collection of little wings instead, possibly down in the cellar.
  2. Hollow wood: Do termites really eat wood? Yes, and they love it. If you are doing a little bit of carpentry to repair a part of your home and find holes or hollows in the wood frame, a termite family has been feasting there. Sometimes you can do a quick-check for termites by rapping your hand onto wooden sections of your home, especially down in the basement or anywhere near the ground; if it sounds hollow, it probably is and termites are probably to blame.
  3. Tiny mud tunnels: Nothing scares a termite more than being exposed to the elements for too long. This is why they live inside the wood they eat, and why they build tiny tunnels made of mud along, near, and around their colonies. If you see little mud tubes – usually no thicker than a pencil – running along your walls, termites have created their own highway system and are probably still lurking inside your home.

If you see any of these termite warning signs, you need to act quickly. The longer you let termites stay in your property, the more damage they will do. If they are widespread enough, you might be looking at a massive repair job to ensure your home is structurally sound.

If you live in or around Indianapolis, contact Trio Pest Control and our Greenwood termite removal specialists. We offer fast, reliable service with a smile, each and every time. New customers also qualify for 10% off their first service with an online coupon. Go ahead and request your free estimate today to learn more.

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