How To Tell If You Have a Termite Infestation
Posted on Dec 11 2012 at 09:05:12 AM in How-To
A sure fire way to tell if your home is infested with termites is to look for winged termites. Finding winged termites indoors is a reliable indication that your home has an infestation that will require treatment.
It is easy to confuse winged termites (know as swarmers) with ants, because they often swarm at the same time of year. You can however identify termites by their straight antennae, barrel waist, and their wings which are of equal size.
These swarmers are attracted by light and are commonly found near windows and doors. Termite swarmers that emerge from tree stumps, woodpiles, and other locations outdoors should not be causes for concern great concern. As they do not necessarily indicate that your home is infested. On the other hand, if winged termites are seen emerging from or near the foundation of your home, or an attached porch, you have cause to be concerned and should look for any other evidence infestation in or around your home.
Another sign of a termite infestation is the presence of “mud tubes” on foundational walls, support piers, or floor joists. These mud tubes are normally as big around as a pencil, but they may be thicker. Termites construct mud tubes for shelter while they travel between colonies and their food source (your house). To find out if an infestation is active, you can break the tubes which will allow you to check for the presence of worker termites. Worker termites are small white incest bear a slight resemblance to ants without having bent antae or a narrow waist. The presence of worker termite is a sign of an infestation. But just because tube is empty when you check it that doesn’t mean there isn’t an infestation. Termites are known to vacate sections of tube while they are foraging elsewhere.
Wood that has been damaged by termites is typically hollowed out. Termites will leave dried mud or soil lining the places where they are feeding. This is something unique to termites, water damaged wood or wood infested with other insects will not exhibit this future. Termites have also been known to make holes through plaster and drywall. The appearance of ripples in walls may also be a sign of a termite infestation.
There will often be little or no visible evidence that your home is infested. Because termites do their best to remain hidden infestations may be undetected for years. A termite infestation can even be unnoticed in boards that are exposed because the outer layer of wood is normally not damaged.