In our last blog, “Nightmare Pests – What’s Attracting Termites to Your Home?” we discussed the conditions that tend to attract termites to a home or a structure. Today, we are taking a closer look at the signs of a termite infestation. Take a moment to read further to find out the red flags or signs that you should look for in a termite infestation.
Since termites can cause thousands of dollars of damage to a home, it is a good idea to know what to look for in the dark, warm areas of your home that may be indicators of the presence of termites. In addition to the cost of the damage, the repairs can cause chaos in a home for weeks, if not months.
- Mud Tubes or Tunnels – One of the first things that homeowners may notice are these winding tubes that may be forming on your foundation walls or on the wood supports in your basement or crawl spaces. They may even be present outside along your firewood stack on outside structures. These pencil-sized mud tubes can be found wherever the ground meets your home. They are the means of transport for termites from location to location.
- Wings – The discarded wings of termites may also be a sign that you have an infestation. These wings may be visibly collecting around the doors, windows, or other entry points of your home.
- Wood Damage – While this sign may not be as fully visible as the tubes and wings are, all it takes is tapping on the wood in your basement to hear the difference between solid wood and that which has been eaten and hollowed out by termites.
- Frass – Termite droppings are called frass and if you have termites you may notice this as an indicator of an infestation. Frass can appear as small black markings near an opening in the wood.
Do you have any of these signs of a termite infestation? Call Pest-End Exterminators now at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321 with any of your questions or if you would like an inspection.