Termites may not be as disgusting to come across as a cockroach running across your foot. Or seeing a mouse run and hide when you open your pantry. But when it comes to the destruction of the foundation and integrity of your home, there is no doubt that termites take home the trophy (no pun intended). These tiny, ant-like pests have one thing on their mind. Eat everything that is made of wood, paper or plastic in sight. Most homeowners realize the problems related to these destructive pests, but are unsure how to recognize their presence. Subterranean termites are by far the most common species that can be found within the continental United States. These termites are especially attracted to damaged or damp wood. Leaving nothing in their tracks but mud and destruction.
Signs of termites:
These termites swarm in spring and will leave tell-tale signs that they have arrived. This time of year, is when these pests will leave their colonies, mate and then move to new colonies or return to their old ones. Once they do, termites will shed their wings and provide you with conclusive evidence that that they have arrived. Often more times than not, the wings of these pests will be confused with those of flying ants. One giveaway in-particular is to look at the length of the wings. Similarly, both species will have two sets of wings. However, flying ants will have wings of different lengths, whereas a termite’s wings will all have the same exact shape and size.
Another sign to be on the lookout for is small mud tubes that are created to fill the wood that they devour. Just beyond the tubes of mud, you should see accumulations of dirt in or around the corners of your home, which can also be a signal that termites are around. Unfortunately, this is an often-overlooked sign of termites, especially as your home becomes older in age. Small indentations in wood siding or chipping paint is also an indicator that your home could be under attack from these pests. Tap on any exposed wood in or around your home. If it feels followed out or cracks to the touch. There is a strong chance that you have a full-blown infestation on your hands. These pests eat wood from the inside to the outside, leaving the structural integrity severely weakened.
If you happen to notice any of the signs previously mentioned, it is best to contact a professional exterminator immediately. They will diagnose, treat and plan to keep your home and investments properly safe-guarded for years and years to come.