Termites can cause a great deal of damage to your home or business. This can prove costly and pose a big danger as a damaged wood foundation can potentially lead to your home collapsing.
The best way to stay safe and prevent huge repair costs is to catch the problem early. Here are some of the most common signs of termite infestation.
Winged termites who leave the nest to establish new colonies, swarmers can be seen flying most commonly in the spring, from March to June, and sometimes during autumn, September to October. Outdoor swarmers indicate that there may be a nest nearby, especially if you have wood piles, posts, tree stumps, or old railroad ties around your home, but don’t necessarily mean they’ve made their way into your home. Indoor swarmers are usually a first sign of infestation.
2. Mud tunnels
Termites create mud tunnels that connect the nest to the wood source. These tunnels consist of broken mud and fecal matter running along stone or concrete posts and slabs. Older tunnels will appear dry and crumbly.
3. Piles of shed wings
Swarmers quickly shed their wings once they’ve found somewhere to settle their new colonies.
4. Damaged wood
Any wood that appears crushed or buckling at bearing points or has tiny holes may have become termite food. Tap on any wood you suspect of falling victim to termites. Termite-damaged wood sounds hollow.
5. Frass (termite droppings)
Termite droppings comprise tiny wood pellets that look a lot like sawdust.