Are There Termites In Your Home?

Posted by David Outhous on Apr 15, 2021 8:30:00 AM

For some people, this question is not really a question. Piles of wings on windowsills or several collapsing floorboards can make it pretty obvious that termites there is a termite infestation in house. However, termites can actually be a sneaky pest in the first few years of colony formation. While a large colony can eat their way through a cup of wood in just two hours, a few termites really won't leave any lasting damage. That's why it's so important to stay aware of them before the colony gets to be that destructive. Termite infestation treatment is far easier to accomplish at the beginning than after they've already set up shop. We'll look at the signs of termite infestation, so you're less likely to be caught unawares. 

Termites In Home 

Seeing termites isn't really an option when it comes to knowing if termites are in your home. In other words, termites are unlikely to be spotted scurrying across your ceiling. Swarms are visible, but you'll only see them in the spring when the termites are ready to mate. Even then, plenty of people may confuse swarms with flying ants. Seeing a swarm is definitely not a good sign though. If your home hasn't been infested yet, it's definitely more likely to be in the near future. The bad news is that once a termite colony has gotten into your home, they can survive all year round because your property is climate controlled. Since termites can eat all day, every day, the results of their appetites can be catastrophic. 

Signs of a Termite Infestation 

Mud tunnels are often the most recognizable sign of an infestation. Subterranean termites build these havens as a way to protect them when they need to find food. If you see small tubes running into your basement or along the foundation, these are the passageways that termites are using to invade. As mentioned above, you should also be on the lookout for discarded wings or small holes in your wood beams. When termites tunnel into wood, they leave small piles of sawdust behind. Just remember that termites hollow out wood as opposed to starting from the outside and working their way in. So even if your wood looks intact, check on the interior to see if it's been compromised. 

Contact RichPro Pest Management

If you think you might have termites, you really don't have a second to waste. Even a small colony that doesn't pose much of a danger at first should be attended to immediately. RichPro Pest Management is here to make it easier for homeowners to control their pest population, which is welcome news for anyone who wants to mitigate the costs of repairs. We can conduct a thorough investigation of your property to determine if there's a problem. If you don't have termites, there might be other reasons for damaged beams or floorboards. For instance, you might have water damage from a leaking appliance. If you're wondering how to get rid of termites in walls, call us today to learn more about our termite services.