Termites may be one of the biggest known threats to any properties or structures made of wood. Damages and repair costs are estimated to be in billions of dollars annually. That is why to property owners, termites are considered serious business. In order to save on repairs and protect invested properties, it is essential for homeowners to look for signs of termites living within the vicinity.
Termites work their way by benefiting from cellulose normally found, however not restricted to wood. They could likewise be devouring backdrops, books, furniture, anything where cellulose is found. They are extremely hard to identify on the grounds that they are annihilating things back to front. Some may even discover harms to structures that are past the point where it is possible to be rescued and fixed driving them to dispose of and lose cash. It is, therefore, necessary for responsible homeowners to take precautionary steps in dealing with termites. Locating and attacking a colony in the early stage of termite presence can greatly increase the chances of saving your properties and money. Although necessary, looking for early termite signs may prove difficult to do but luckily, technology has caught up with the need and has made the job a lot easier.
There are a number of ways to determine signs of termites in your home. Depending on the type of termites attacking your home, signs of a termite infestation may be different. There are generally two common types of termites: subterranean and drywood termites. Both feed on cellulose, however, one is different from the other based on their living conditions.
Subterranean termites may be considered the most dangerous kind of termite species and pose as a great threat to property structures if conditions allow them. Because they can thrive very well in human-environment while living underground, the possibility of noticing their presence very early on may be slim. What makes them dangerous though is that a mature subterranean colony could house member termites reaching in their millions and up to 80% of the population comprise of worker termites responsible in foraging food for the colony. This staggering number alone can make anyone twitch. These worker termites have an incredible appetite for cellulose. They eat and feed other colony members nonstop and at this rate, signs of termite damage on properties could be found in as short a period as few months.
- Since they thrive in soil and necessitate a consistent moisture source, they build mud tubes to protect them as they tunnel their way through their food. So try and look for signs of mud tubes rising from soil to the structure, normally your home’s foundation, on concrete slabs, walls or piers. The existence of these mud tubes protruding in your structure signifies a breach by termites into your home.
- Soil accumulation found at the base of a stairwell or at a corner of a basement is also a sign of infestation.
- In springtime, environmental conditions are favorable for reproductive termites to swarm in order to mate, build new colonies and multiply. The swarm is easily attracted to light, thus swarming usually happens during daylight. These swarmers also fly toward the light coming from your house lights. If you see flying insects at night near light bulbs or fluorescent lamps, then you have an infestation.
- If termites have worked well within your home’s walls and ceilings, termite galleries running near the surface could result to the presence of cracks, splits or fissures. These are normally found near the corner of ceilings and walls.
Unlike the subterranean species, drywood termites will only do minimal damage to properties. Because they can exist without moisture for a long period of time, they don’t need soil in order to build colonies. But for mature drywood colony, members can only reach up to a thousand. Their few numbers is the reason why signs of termite damage may take a long time, mostly a couple of years or more, to get spotted.
Here are some sure signs of termites infesting your home:
- Drywood termites usually infest wooden furniture. You can see signs of cracks or the presence of fissures on the surface over time. Some exposed galleries of termites are found near the edges or corners of the object.
- Termite droppings below or near wood objects are sure signs of termites. These sand-like pellets coming from digested wood are normally found around window sills, near furniture or other woodworks.
- A hollow wood surface is also a giveaway of termite presence. If you tap on the surface, a hollow sound indicates that the structure has been eaten out from within and surface caves easily.
The alarming reality is increasing swarms are expected because of the changing weather conditions which can greatly contribute to more infestation dilemmas. It is therefore wise for homeowners such as yourself to be on the lookout for signals of termite activity to protect your properties effectively.