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Detecting a termite infestation, especially during the early stages, can be challenging. Identifying a termite infestation on time is essential since these pests can jeopardize your home's structural stability and put your family's safety at risk.
Fortunately, structural damage isn't the only way to discover whether have termites. Underground termite infestations have a few warning signs you can identify. This article explains three such symptoms to help you act fast.
1. Mud Tubes
Termites rarely leave the ground unless they burrow through your wood to look for food. Even as they chew through your wood, these termites need a certain temperature level to survive. As a result, termites form mud tubes to protect against temperature loss.
Mud tubes are pencil-sized vein-like structures made from soil, termite waste, soil and partially digested wood. Termites use their saliva to glue these materials together to make the tube compact. Most times, termites build mud tubes around your house's foundation until they find softwood. You can also find these tubes in cracked walls, underneath the baseboards, flooring and siding.
2. Discarded Wings
The reproductive termites known as alates are the only types of termites that have wings. However, these termites are not so good at flying. As such, alates often shed their wings and crawl away.
Since alates like places with sufficient light and warmth, you may find these wings around door frames, vents and window sills. Most times, the size of the pile indicates the extent of a termite infestation.
Keep in mind that alates can only fly when they are older. Therefore, if you see them flying around your house, the infestation could be much more severe than you might think.
3. Termite Droppings
After they feed on dry wood for a while, termites leave behind droppings known as frass. These droppings are oval-shaped and are considerably long. Frass can also look like wood shavings or sawdust. The colour of these droppings varies depending on the colour of the wood the termites have eaten.
Once these droppings fill the termites' nests, they will push them out through the holes in the woods. You are likely to find these pellets in the attic or any other structure that's made from wood.
Termite infestations are a serious problem. Therefore, if you notice any of the signs discussed above, seek help from local termite inspection professionals to help you avoid further damage. These experts can also draft regular inspection schedules to ensure that you won't have to deal with another infestation in future.Share
23 November 2021