If you pay close attention to your property, you may notice that there seems to be damage from pests. Catching early warnings signs of termites can help you determine when you should call a termite exterminator.
Calling an exterminator early is one of the best things you can do. There are early warning signs to look for as well. Termite swarms can leave wings beyond, which can cause warped paint in the home and leave mud tubes on exterior walls. These tubes look brown, dry, and cylindrical. These can be found near the foundation, near the pipes, near the crawlspace, and in the attic. These tubes are how the termites move through the space. Termites need protection from the elements and from predators, and these tubes help protect them. These tubes are only about the thickness of a drinking straw or a pencil and just look like encrusted dirt. A mud tube doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s from a current infestation and could be from an old infestation. If you don’t know, remove a small section of the tube but leave the ends undisturbed. If it seals back up in a few days, this means that there are active termites on the property. If you don’t see these mud tubes, check for other crusted dirt in small holes in concrete or sheet rock. This may also be the work of termites.
If you find groups of winged insects in the home, it is a sign that you should do something about termites. There is likely a nest nearby that will be using your home as their fuel source.
When you have an advanced infestation of termites, they will eat their way through wood, which will produce biological waste and also cause damage in the home. Signs of an advanced infestation include hollow sounding wood, any droppings through the home, which look dry and powdery, sagging floors, and damage to walls and ceilings.
When you get a termite exterminator out, there are a few things they will look for. They will look for evidence of swarms and mud tunnels. They will also check your property for features that could harbor termites. These features don’t necessarily mean that you have termites, but they can help facilitate an infestation. Any wood fencing near the home can be a great food source for termites and they can use it as a welcome sign to your home. Any wood mulch within 4 to 6 inches of the home acts in the same way. Termites can also use it to get even close to your home. Firewood in the winter also attracts these pests. Keep any firewood at least 20 feet from the home so termites won’t travel. Remove any deadwood from the property so that termites aren’t attracted.