Termites are small pests that can cause big problems. Because they consume wood, their activity can compromise the structural integrity of your home. Early detection can help minimize the damage, but termites are easy to overlook. These quiet, stealthy pests don't walk up to your door and announce their presence with a knock. Instead, they sneak into your home or business through cracks in the foundation and other tiny gaps in your home's building envelope. Once inside, they remain hidden away as they feast on wood and similar materials, devouring them from the inside out. How can you tell if these silent invaders have infiltrated your property? There are several red flags that can indicate a potential termite problem.
When it gets warm, winged termites sometimes emerge from their nests to begin the process of establishing new colonies. If you see flying pests swarming near your windows and doors or find discarded wings, you might have a termite issue. It's worth noting that termites aren't the only insects that swarm, so if you suspect that termites are active on your property, it's vital that you seek out professional assistance to get a proper identification and arrange for effective treatment.
Are there mud tubes that are about the size of a pencil running along your foundation or the walls of your basement or garage? While they may not look like much, these tunnels are a red flag. Termites build them from mud, saliva and feces to help them travel quickly from their nest to a desirable food source, like the wood used in your home's construction.
A Moldy Smell
It's no surprise that the smell of mold can signal the presence of mold, mildew or water damage. However, many people don't realize that it can also be a sign of a termite infestation. A termite colony can give off an odor that is often described as moldy, so even if you cannot see them, you may be able to smell them.
Termite droppings are properly referred to as frass, and finding frass on your property suggests that termites are there as well. What does frass look like? These droppings are small, ridged pellets the color of wood.
Termites eat wood by burrowing through its interior, creating invisible galleries that weaken the material. If wood that should be solid sounds hollow when you knock on it or feels spongy when you apply pressure, then you may have a termite problem.
For some 50 years, State Pest Control has been providing top quality pest control services to homes and business in North Carolina. If you suspect that you have a termite issue or some other pest problem, don't hesitate. Contact us today to request a free evaluation.