The best time of year to identify a potential termite infestation is during the early spring. Spring is when termites leave their winter dwellings, spread tiny, temporary wings, and and set off in search of a new location. Here are some of the best ways to figure out if you have a termite infestation:
1. Tiny Wings
Termites shed their tiny wings once they find a suitable nesting place. If you are frequently finding tiny wings on window sills, in corners, or around the outside of your home, this is often an indication of a recent termite infestation.
2. Mud Tubes
Termites create different kinds of mud tubes, depending on the location of the main nest and the type of termite in your home. Mud tubes can run in any direction, and are used by the termites to transfer and collect food and moisture from other locations. If you discover mud tubes in the crawl space or around the foundation of your home, you probably have termites living inside your home.
3. Damaged Wood
There are a number of signs indicating when wood has experienced damage. Damaged wood often feels soft or weak and will sound dull, flat, or hollow when knocked or tapped. Visible blistering or darkening is also a sign of internal destruction. Wood that appears to be buckling at corners and bearing points has been weakened and damaged over time.
Sometimes a termite infestation will even produce tiny holes in wooden walls or beams. Normally, this means that termites have chewed tunnels all the way through the wood on the other side. Using a hammer or screwdriver, homeowners can select a piece of potentially damaged wood and gently probe to see if they can expose any mud tunnels. There is a serious risk of termites in your home if the wood sounds hollow or has any muddy tubes running through the center.
If you’re concerned that you might have an insect infestation, but are unsure about performing your own inspection, contact a local termite control company. Their teams of experienced and highly trained workers can send a specialist to inspect your home for termite damage.
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