Termite infestation is no joke. These little buggers cause over $5 billion in property damage every single year in the U.S. They can go undetected for a long period of time, but knowing the signs of their existence can help you handle the situation before it gets worse. Commonly mistaken for ants, termites typically swarm in the spring and late summer and their colonies average at about 3 million strong. They normally thrive on cellulose, found in wood, but can also damage old books, wooden furniture, or even pool filtration systems. Your property is considered to be infested when termites burrow into the wooden parts of your home, feed, live, and reproduce within your home’s structures. It’s recommended you seek pest control services regularly and keep your eye out for these top three signs.
- Leftover wings that termites twist off after they swarm a new site because will never need them again. Wings can commonly be found near home-access points.
- Termite pellets, or mounds of droppings, look like pepper and are often found near entry points of the infestation site since they want to maximize space in their new wood home.
- Damaged wood is a good sign that termites are making someone’s trash their own treasure.
- Mud tubes are pencil-sized termite tunnels that live on the outside of the home. This is how they maintain proper temperature and humidity levels when traveling between two places.
- Peeling paint that looks like water damage is a tell-tale sign that you have an unwelcomed visitor.
If you’re ever in doubt, it’s best to bring a professional in for an on-site inspection. We’ll ease your worries right away.