It’s rare to see termites before a full blown infestation has become established in your home. Because they eat wood from the inside out, termites will often go long periods of time undetected, causing significant damage to your home. Termites are one of the most common pests found in Florida. Here are 7 signs of a termite infestation to look out for.
- Frass. Frass is another name for termite droppings that are left behind as they eat wood. Frass resembles tiny pellets or sawdust.
- Swarmers. Swarming termites are young termites who leave the nest in order to mate and establish new colonies. Spotting swarming termites means an established colony is nearby.
- Discarded Wings. Once swarmers mate, their wings are discarded as they are no longer needed. Discarded wings are often found near windows, windowsills, and in spider webs.
- Mud Tubes. Mud tubes are pencil-sized tubes used by termites to travel from their nests to their food source. These tubes provide humidity and protection from weather and predators for the termites.
- Damaged or Hollow Wood. Because termites eat wood from the inside out, termite damaged wood will sound hollow when tapped on.
- Small Holes. Termites will leave small holes in drywood and other wood sources where they enter the wood and where they push frass out as they eat.
- Blistered/Bubbling Wood. Termite damaged wood will often appear blistered or will have bubbling paint. It is often mistaken for water damage.
The quicker a termite infestation is discovered, the less damage can be done and the easier they are to eliminate. One way to identify a termite infestation is through an annual termite inspection where a termite control technician will carefully examine the interior and exterior of your home to spot signs of termite activity. Once identified, the appropriate termite treatment can be provided. Contact your local pest control company to schedule an inspection.