Having a termite infestation can have very devasting effects on the house. The first step is to recognize the various signs that indicate that there may be an infestation in your home. Regular inspections by professionals can also help you reduce the ill effects of a termite infestation as the signs may be very subtle for a common person to recognize.
Here are a few of signs that could indicate that your home may have a termite infestation
1.Galleries that have an irregular pattern of mud like substance.
2.In homes that have a lot of wood, the termites can excavate the inner portion in such a way that there is only a very thin outer layer that remains. In this case, even if the termites break through the outer layer they use a mud like substance that is usually a mix of saliva, feces, and soil.
3.The presence of swarmers or flying ants can be an indicator that there can be a termite nest near by.
4.You can most often see the swarmers out during the day time so they are a sure indicator of a nest that can be easily identified. Observing these flying ants outside the house in the yard near trees can mean that the termite infestation is only outside, while on the other hand seeing these swarmers on the inside of your home can mean that the infestation is somewhere inside the house.
5.Another great indicator of a termite infestation is mud tunnels. The main termite nest will usually be present in the ground while they create a network of tunnels inside their food source ie wood. The tunnels will usually have traces of the mud like substance that is the first thing that you will notice about the termites. Although the presence of these mud tunnels are an indicator that the termites are present the absence of these tubes do not mean that the home is free of these pests. The insects can also reach the window sills and other wooden objects in the house through cracks and breaks in the main foundation of the home.
6.You can easily check if you need termites control in the mud tunnels are active by breaking these tubes if the tubes are rebuilt then they are active tubes as the termites usually rebuild any damaged tubes. On the other hand, a tube that is not being used will be dry and you can crumble it very easily.
7.A pile of wings that are shed from swarmers can be an indication that the termites are in the next development phase.
8.There are different types of termites mainly the reproductive termites and the workers. Being able to identify these insects can be very helpful. However, the absence of visible termites does not mean that there are no termites near the structure.
9.If you observe tiny holes in the wood of your home or the paint on the walls buckling then it can mean that there is a termites nest in your home.
10.As wood is the main food source of the termites damage to wood at major structural points can also mean that there is a termite infestation near by. Additionally, if you hear a dull thud or a hollow sound when you knock on the wood can mean that there is damage to the wood due to termites.
11.When you notice such damage a little digging with something sharp like a pen knife can expose the network of tunnels that are made by the termites.
The damage that termites do to the wood in homes is devastating and can also cause the structure to crumble if the damage is very vast however if the proper termite control steps are taken at the first signs of infestation this damage can be avoided.