Termites can be one of the most detrimental pests to a home. Left unchecked, these nasty critters can destroy your house from the inside out by chewing through internal wooden structures and leaving the structure weak. If you’re a homeowner, it’s important that you be aware of the primary signs of a subterranean termite infestation so you can act quickly and have the termites eliminated before further damage is done to your house.
4 Signs of Termites
- You see termites swarming. Although it may be difficult to catch termites mid-swarm, you could potentially walk into a cloud of flying termites. If you see a swarm of termites in your home, this is a sure sign that you are dealing with an infestation.
- You see termite wings. After termites swarm once a year, they shed their wings. Their wings are quite small, very lightweight and clear-looking with a reflective appearance to them. You may come across these while sweeping the floor or cleaning around windows, usually during the spring or early summer.
- You see termite mud tubes on outdoor surfaces of your home. Subterranean termites construct mud tubes on the exterior of structures. The mud tube is used by termites as protection from the elements and predators when they are traveling between their nest in soil and their primary food source.
- You see damage to the wooden structures of your home. Termites tend to damage wood below the surface, so it may be difficult to tell if termites are present just by looking for evidence of wood damage. However, if you notice that surfaces like floors or walls seem weak underneath, this may be an indicator of a termite infestation.
When to Contact a Professional
Since an individual who uses termite pesticides (termiticides) must be licensed to do so, it’s imperative to contact a pest control professional like Colonial Pest if you notice one or more signs of a termite infestation.
Our technicians will inspect your home for signs of termite swarming, damage, and mud tubes, and we will formulate a comprehensive treatment plan designed to eradicate the current infestation and prevent future infestations. Contact us today for a free quote for pest control services in Massachusetts and New Hampshire at 1-800-525-8084.