Pests can invade the home at any time during the year. Most come and go without any problem, but there are some that you don't want to take up space anywhere in your home. The subterranean termite is a prime example. Here is how to check for termites in the home and what to do to eradicate them quickly.
Wood Dust and Weak Structural Support
Subterranean termites are wood eaters. They are easy to spot, especially in and around moist, wet wood structures. Although they can invade a perfectly constructed pillar or slab of wood. Termites are identified as cream in color and are around 3-4 mm long. They love to hide in foraging tubes made of mud or deep within the wood's surface. You may also spot a termite swarmer. They appear to be a termite with large, clear wings.
If you have an infestation in your home, you may notice that a wall may be leaning or warping. There may also be wood dust near the trim on the floor or a window. After close inspection, if a termite infestation is present, you will need a complete termite extermination. From there, a contractor will inspect and repair any damaged wood structure in the home.
Drawers and Doors Are Hard to Close
A subtle sign of a termite crew invading your home is that doors and cupboard drawers become harder to close. This is from the termite colony taking up shop within the wood. It may be subtle over time, but once you notice an infestation, it is generally widespread. Termites strip away the wood, leaving behind an unsteady structure.
Termite exterminators will come in and identify a termite problem and take the steps to get rid of the entire colony.
Mud Tubes Are Present
You may have noticed that there are long tunnels of mud on the outside or inside of your home. They can easily be mistaken for dirt and easily be brushed or swept away. In fact, they could be termite mud tubes. In addition, you may see a pile of seed-like particles called frass. These are termite droppings and are often found in small piles outside of where the wood infestation is.
Many people disregard the mud and droppings, thinking they are some type of dirt or debris brought in from the outdoors. If you notice strange pilings near the wood trim in your house, it is time for a complete pest inspection.
A termite infestation is a serious issue. Not only are the pests invasive, but they also aim to destroy the structure of your home and furniture. Getting rid of the problem starts with contacting your local termite extermination professional to assess, treat, and prevent a recurrence.Share