Signs of Termite Infestation
Termite Infestation can prompt hefty upkeep cost, including evacuation of invaded woodwork and establishment of new wooden edges for entryways and windows. It can seriously bargain the auxiliary uprightness of a home or business building. This can occur without the inhabitant in any event, understanding what’s going on. It’s basic to have an essential thought of the underlying indications of a termite invasion in your living arrangement or place of business. Likewise, it is prescribed to complete a termite assessment by an authorized ‘bother control administration’ in the event that you go over the accompanying indications of Infestation. Here are the best five indications of termite invasion to pay special mind to in your home.
1. Swarmers or Discarded Wings
Swarmers are reproductive young female and male winged termites, which emerge at the start of springtime to mate and search for a new location to start a colony, which typically includes our homes. This phenomenon is essential for the survival of termites. Termites swarm only if the colony reaches a certain size. This mostly happens once every year. If you see termite swarms, that is a clear indication there is a fully developed colony near or inside your house.
Mud tubes are the common mode through which subterranean termites travel through exposed terrain. These tubes are made of mud, or in some cases termite droppings, and are an indication of the presence of termites in or below the vicinity. Termites can travel through these tubes unseen, hence providing a safe passage from predators. Subterranean termites, the most destructive termite species, build mud tubes which also provides moisture while they travel between their colony and food source. Mud tubes are most often found near the home’s foundation and lead up walls, window frames, door frames etc.
3. Wood Damage
Rotten wood should never be ignored. Minor visual wood damage can infect be the face of a deeper problem in the background. Damage due to termites can hamper the structural integrity of your home. Termites target wood containing Cellulose. Wood contains almost 40% – 50% Cellulose. You should keep an eye out for digested wood residues (a powder like substance), feces and eggs.
Termites tend to eat wood from the inside out, so wood that sounds hollow when tapped often signifies a termite infestation. Homeowners should also look for blistering pieces of wood. Some homeowners discover a serious termite problem only when their finger goes through a door frame. Only termite treated wood should be installed at the time of construction of the building.
4. Uneven or Bubbling Paint
Uneven or bubbling paint is often a sign of moisture build up, which could mean one of two things – water damage or termites. Damage under the wood floor can illustrate a leaked water pipe. Termite infestation have a similar outlook. The bubbling is often due to termites travel behind the paint through mud tubes and leaving behind moisture. In any case, whether it is termites or water, it’s recommended to call a licensed ‘Pest Control Company‘ like Safe Havens Enterprises in this case, in order to identify the problem and take remedial actions.
Dry-wood termites produce wood-colored droppings as they eat through infested wood. If a homeowner finds a small pile of what looks like pellets inside or outside the home, it could be a sign of a dry-wood termite infestation. It is recommended to treat that section of the house immediately. However, as we have experienced, subterranean termites are also present where dry wood termites exist. In any scenario, it is recommended to contact a ‘pest control service‘ is this case.
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