Though it is wintertime and most seasonal pests are taking a holiday from infesting your home, termites can still prove to be a residential pest control problem. The tricky part about termite infestations is that they are good at hiding long enough until the issue is noticeable.
Being aware of the signs of a potential termite infestation can help you get in contact with your local pest control company so that they can do a home pest inspection and take care of the problem before it gets out of control.
Here are 10 termite infestation warning signs:
Though they may not be directly from your home, flying termites that hang around your home’s exterior lights may come from a nearby outdoor nest. You should get a home pest inspection if you see these pests or their wings on a regular basis just in case.
Ask your local pest control company for advice if you find any termite holes or mud tunnels on or near your property. Don’t forget to check on trees around your home for larger mud nests. Those pests may not have set up shop in your home yet, but it doesn’t mean they won’t eventually.
Finding termite carcasses, wings, and sand-sized droppings inside of your home are signals for you to get in contact with residential pest control services as soon as possible.
Excess dirt or water.
Cool, wet areas around your house and yard are ideal areas for termites to get lots of water, stay moist, and survive. Water stains on the walls of your home and dirt and water on the floor of your basement are indicators that you may need a home pest inspection.
Along with mud tunnels on damp ground around your home, trees damaged by termite holes are a good sign of a close-by colony. Keep your residential pest control senses on high alert for these signals.
Window and door cracks.
Contact your local pest control company for tips on how to protect your home when there are cracks and seams on window seals and doors in your home.
If you spot a termite inside of your home, chances are there is an infestation or a nest nearby. An entire colony may infest your home before you see your fist live specimen, so if you see one, contact a home pest inspection service immediately.
Going around your home and knocking on the major wood beams and boards can help you detect if there is a termite infestation. If you knock and there is a hollow sound, there’s a good chance you have termites eating your home from the inside out. Again, contact the pest professionals as soon as possible.
Exterior wood damage.
Cracks and fissures in large wood beams and small holes and shredded areas along floor boards and ceilings are drastic signs of a termite infestation. It is essential to get residential pest control action immediately if the damage to your home gets this bad.
Flash swarms of termites, even on a smaller scale, in your home are hands down the top worst sign of an infestation. If you encounter such an incident, it may be too late to nip the problem in the bud. A swarm can occur suddenly and unexpectedly, and involves termites pouring out of the cracks of your walls and floors.
By keeping an eye out for early warning signs of a termite infestation can keep them from spreading near or inside of your home. If you do sense an issue, get in contact with your local pest control company as soon as possible and make an appointment for a home pest inspection.