How to Spot Signs of Termites

Learn how to recognize an infestation


Termites are tiny insects that cause big damage. These pests feed on the wood in your home, destroying it from within. Once present, termites can remain undetected as they eat away at your home’s structure, causing thousands of dollars of destruction in the process. Eventually, however, their presence becomes known. Once you’ve noticed the signs of a termite infestation, it’s important to act immediately. Read on to learn how to recognize the signs of termites in your home.

Signs of Termites

  • Mud tubes: tubes built by termites consisting of a mixture of soil and excrement that they use to travel to their food sources.
  • Termite frass: another word for excrement, termite frass resembles small piles of sawdust. Termites bore holes in wood and push their frass out of the places they burrow.
  • Swarmers: reproductive termites are known as swarmers. These termites fly in groups (or swarms) as they seek out new places for the colony to feed and nest. A swarm of insects is an indication that your home’s termite population is well-established and needs to be treated immediately before further damage occurs.
  • Termite wings: piles of wings scattered on the floor after a swarm. These wings often resemble fish scales.
  • Damaged wood: termites feed on wood, meaning they sometimes leave piles of wood powder behind as they look for new places to feed. This is rare, however, as most termites stay behind the scenes to avoid being detected. If you suspect termite activity, use a tool to tap on woodwork. If the wood sounds hollow, try using a screwdriver to make a hole in it. Wood ravaged by termites is easy to pierce.

Call a Professional Pest Control Expert

If you suspect a termite infestation, act fast. Your best bet for a complete resolution of your problem is to call in the help of a pest professional immediately. The pros at 610-337-7378 are experienced in termite treatments. Call us today at 610-337-7378 to schedule a free consultation. You can also learn more about our termite inspections and Wood Destroying Insect Reports here.

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