Keep an Eye Out to Prevent Termite Destruction
Termites are capable of causing severe damage to a structure if left unchecked. Homeowners across the United States pay billions of dollars a year to fix the destruction to their homes and businesses caused by termite damage. Early intervention is the best way to prevent this damage from spreading, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the signs of an infestation. Read on to find out what to look for.
Wood and Structural Damage
Termites are wood-boring insects that live within the wood they feed on by eating away at it. This makes it difficult to spot the actual bugs, but if they are feasting on your wood, there will be subtle signs of their presence:
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
- Damaged, crumbling wood.
- Sagging floors, loose tiles, tiny holes in drywall.
- Frass (termite waste). Termites make small piles outside of their inhabitances of their own feces. These piles resemble ground pepper at first.
Termites need to live in a humid, moist environment. If your home is too dry or cool, they create their own networks to ensure the right conditions. These tubes, known as mud tubes or shelter tubes, are built outside of a structure and are attached to a point of entry so they can gain access to the inside. Typically the size of a pencil, mud tubes are often abandoned upon the construction of newer mud tubes. If you see a mud tube on your property, test it to find out if it’s still active. You can do this by removing a piece of the tube to see if a termite crawls out or if the tube is rebuilt in the following days.
Abandoned wings are a common indicator of a termite population within your structure. Look for them near various points of entry into your home: doors, windows, and chimneys, for example. These wings are shed by the colony’s “swarmers” after going out to breed and all measure the same in size.
Avoid Termite Damage with Prevention
The pest professionals at Resolution Pest know how to battle termite populations and prevent them from coming back. Give us a call at 610-337-7378 or contact us online today to find out how we can help make termites history in your home or business with our termite control services.
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