Have you wondered if you have termite problems? Have you noticed strange pinpoint holes in your walls? What about damaged wood or buckling floorboards?
Unfortunately, it could be a termite infestation.
These insects are some of the most destructive of nature’s pests, and if left unchecked, they can cause major damage and expensive repairs. It’s crucial to catch the infestation as early as possible. If you notice any of these 7 signs you have termites, act fast.
First Sign of Termite Problems: Discarded Wings
This is the most common sign of an infestation, especially in the Spring. As mature termites leave to start their own colonies (and bother other homeowners), they discard their wings in piles around the colony. If you notice strange damage to your home along with wings on your windowsills, in spider webs, or around the house, it should raise alarm bells immediately.
When drywood termites get into the wood, they kick out tiny holes and use them to push droppers (pellets) out. This leads to small mounds forming that resemble piles of salt or pepper. The color will vary depending on the type of wood, but they are almost always oval-shaped.
These silent invaders will eat your wood from the inside out. If you tap on the wall and notice a once-solid area now sounding hollow, it could be because these pests have cleared it out already. The major problem here is that this type of damage is invisible until it’s too late. Keep in mind that wooden structures and furniture are also at risk.
Is your floor unusually creaky or springy? Does it sag and blister in random areas? If so, check underneath the floorboards for activity. Normally, termites will come up through the foundation and into the floorboards, so it’s not uncommon to notice damage to the floor first. If they eat the inside until it’s hollow, you will notice severe damage.
Cracks in the Ceiling
Wooden ceilings, attics, crawl spaces and structures are at just as a great risk of infestation as other parts of the home. Unexplained damage to the ceiling is a surefire sign of pests in the home. Don’t forget to check for cracks on the cornices.
Termites really are ingenious creatures! Certain species build mud tubes to provide moisture and protect the colony. Keep your eyes peeled for these tubes on your exterior walls. You can do yourself a favour by keeping firewood stores away from the house and removing moisture-rich environments from the area.
Damage to your home’s structure allows excess moisture to build up in the home. All of this moisture can damage your roof tiles and make your roof a haven for the next bustling colony. Be sure to closely monitor your roof and repair leaky tiles as soon as you notice them. If you notice roof damage regularly, call an exterminator (and a roofer).
What to do if you think you have termite problems
An infestation is no joke. If you notice any of these signs, you must take action immediately or the damage may become irreversible. Remember, the best defence is taking steps to prevent damage before it happens. The best way to prevent damage is to hire a licensed termite inspector to inspect your home at least once per year.