Termites aren’t as disgusting as roaches or as creepy as spiders, but the damage they cause to our homes, furniture, and possessions is nerve-wracking. If you think you’ve got a termite infestation on your hands, today’s blog will teach you how to recognize telltale signs that termites are lurking.
Often mistaken for flying ants, the subterranean termite is about 1/8″ long and creamy-white in color, though the heads tend to be brownish-black. Like most insects, they have six legs and antennae. Like ant colonies, termites are assigned different roles.
Termites dine on wood fibers, creating elongated chambers and hollowing out wooden structures. If wooden structures or furniture look like they’ve been repeatedly drilled into, it could be termite activity.
Subterranean termites use mud to build protective tunnels to travel safely around the colony undisturbed by predators. You may notice these tunnels protruding from the corners or walls of your home. At first glance, it might look like damp sand. If you spot a termite tube, we really can’t exaggerate how important it is to call pest control immediately because the infestation is bad when tubes are visible.
Because termites delve into wooden interiors, they hollow out the structures they eat. This changes the way sound travels through walls and doors. Gently tap on the wall, door, or other structure where you think termites have been and see if it sounds hollow. If the damage is extensive, you may even notice that the wood crumbles easily with just a bit of pressure applied.
Termites are noisy eaters. So if you place your ear against the area where you think they’re active, listen for a clicking or scratching sound coming from the walls. As gross as this is, that’s the sound of termites eating your walls!
When those swarmers are done scouting, they shed their wings, which are often left along the floors near walls.
This is the polite term for termite fecal matter. It’s similar in appearance to sawdust or scattered birdseed. You’ll most likely find it near the kick-out hole. This tiny hole is where the worker termites remove the grass and other discarded material and kick it out of the hole the same way humans would flush a toilet. If you see termite frass, even though your first instinct might be to clean it up, it’s better to leave it alone until the termite treatment personnel arrive. This kick-out hole is often near the main part of the colony, so by letting it sit, you’ll help the technician get to the bottom of things more quickly.
The biggest way to prevent termites from meandering inside is by reducing the things that make your home seem appetizing.
If you’ve got an active termite infestation in your home, do not hesitate to seek help. Cramer Pest Control’s termite control program will swiftly locate the source of the problem with our state-of-the-art technology. Plus, we not only kill the termites, but we’ll also assess your property for things that could be attracting them to the home, so you don’t have problems down the road. If you need help, call us at (704) 763-0204 for service in North Carolina or (803) 802-7540 for South Carolina. You can also send us a message online, and a staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.