Three Signs Your House May Have A Termite Infestation

Posted on: 20 May 2015

The time to be alert for an infestation of termites is in the spring. The weather turns warm, and a new generation of termites is looking to find new sources of food and start a new colony. It is at this time and throughout the warm months in the area you live that you need to stay alert to termites. There are several signs to look for that will indicate that you may have a termite problem. The following are three of these signs.

1. You spot one or more outside of your home

You may see one trapped in a spider's web, on a tree branch or around the foundation of your home. But this can be tricky, because termites have a similar appearance to flying ants. The one noticeable difference to someone unfamiliar with both insects is that termites have a beaded look to their antennae. There are other more subtle differences, one example is that a flying termite will have two sets of wings that are the same size and a flying ant will have one set that is slightly larger than the other. However, it takes experience to identify insects, so it is best to call a pest control expert for proper identification.

2. You discover termite tunnels

Termites will construct tubes or straw like structures out of mud. They use these to protect themselves from animals that feed on them. Most of their time is spent underground or inside of wood, but they use these tubes to move from one location to another. If you see these structures, you may have a termite problem. Places to look are around the foundation of the outside of your home, underneath your home or in your attic.

3. A wood board looks different than others nearby

Once termites infest a piece of wood, they will seal up any cracks in the wood and begin to eat the wood from the inside out. This can often result in wood that has dried mud inside of small holes and cracks. Also, if enough wood has been devoured by the termites, a piece of wood may have a hollow sound to it when you tap it. However, this sound test is far from conclusive.

Keep in mind that even if you do not see any signs of termites, they still may be there. The best way to catch a termite problem early is to have your house inspected by a professional termite control company like Palm Springs Pest Control Inc once a year. They will be able to spot a termite problem you may not notice, and by having an annual inspection, the termites can be removed before they can do significant damage.  

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