Termites are some of the most destructive pests you can ever deal with in your home. What makes them quite dangerous is that they are quiet and eat wood structures from the inside out, which means it's not always easy to detect the infestation and you may only notice you have a termite problem when the damage has already been done. Fortunately, with a few tips, you can spot a termite infestation before extensive damage is done to the wooden structures and items in your home so that you plan for termite inspection as soon as possible. Here are some of the signs of termite infestation you should be keen to identify.
Otherwise known as mud tubes, these are shelters for the termites and are some of the most noticeable signs of termite infestation. The mud tubes protect the termites from predators, connect the termites to sources of food, and maintain a conducive environment for their development. Mud tubes are common on walls and foundations and they usually originate from the ground. It's easy to spot termite mud tubes. They have a clay-like texture and appear dark brown or simply brown in colour.
Swarmers are basically a group of adult flying termites that leave their 'nests' to establish new colonies somewhere else. This usually happens when the existing colony reaches a certain size. Swarmers will in most cases appear during the day, especially when it's been raining but it becomes a little warm. You will often see swarmers outdoors and while that may not necessarily mean that you have a termite infestation in your home, it could be a sign that the termites are seeking to settle there. You should be more concerned if you see them indoors. Sometimes the swarmers may emerge when you're not around and you may only find wings so remember to watch out for that too.
Tunnels or Galleries in Wood
While you obviously won't see this from the outside, observing pieces of broken wood around your home can reveal the tunnels. Therefore, don't overlook any pieces of timber you find around your house.
Termites can be exceptionally quiet, which is one of the reasons they are hard to detect. However, in cases of excessive infestation, you may hear some tapping sounds. Termites, especially the soldiers, tend to tap their mandibles and if your home is heavily infested with these pests, the tapping may be audible.Share
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