Termite infestations can severely compromise the structural integrity of a home or commercial building and can lead to heavy maintenance repair costs, without anyone even knowing. It’s important to get a termite inspection done by a licensed pest professional if you come across the following signs of infestation. However, there are also some red flags signaling the presence of termites that homeowners can keep an eye out for on a regular basis. Here are the top five signs of termite infestation to look out for in your home
Swarmers or Discarded Wings:
Swarmers, also known as reproductives, are young female and male winged termites. In the springtime, after the last freeze, termite swarmers will emerge from their nest to mate and search for a new location to start a colony, which typically includes our homes. As such, termite swarmers, or their discarded wings near windowsills and doors, are often the first (and only outwardly visible) sign of a termite problem.
Subterranean termites, the most destructive termite species, build mud tubes to provide moisture while they travel between their colony and food source. Mud tubes are most often found near the home’s foundation.
Termites tend to eat wood from the inside out, so wood that sounds hollow when tapped often signifies a termite infestation. Homeowners should also look for blistering pieces of wood.
Uneven or Bubbling Paint
Uneven or bubbling paint is often a sign of moisture build up, which could mean one of two things – water damage or termites.
Drywood termites produce wood-colored droppings as they eat through infested wood. If a homeowner finds a small pile of what looks like pellets inside or outside the home, it could be a sign of a drywood termite infestation.
Courtesy: Pest World
Rentokil says there are 7 signs
1. Head banging
2. Flying termites
3. White Ants
4. Papery or hollow sounding timber
5. Tight fitting doors and hard-to-open windows
6. Tunnels in wood
7. Frass – Termite Droppings
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