Signs of Termites

Termite infestation in your residence or property can be identified by observing their signs. Below are some of them.

  1. Mud Tubes: Certain termites often build mud tubes, which are thin tunnels made of soil, wood particles, and termite saliva. These tubes provide protection as they travel between their nest and a food source.
  2. Wood Damage: Termites feed on wood from the inside out, so wood that sounds hollow when tapped on or appears to be damaged or weakened can be a sign of termite activity.
  3. Discarded Wings: Swarmers, or winged reproductive termites, may emerge from mature colonies to establish new colonies. After they swarm, they shed their wings, leaving behind discarded wings near windowsills, doors, or other light sources.
  4. Termite Droppings (Frass): Drywood termites produce tiny pellets of wood-colored or dark-colored fecal matter, known as frass. You might find these pellets near termite entry points or in piles beneath infested wood.
  5. Blowholes in Wood: Drywood termites create small holes in wood surfaces to push out their fecal matter. These holes are often called “kick-out holes” or “exit holes.”
  6. Tunnels in Wood: If you break open infested wood, you may find tunnels or galleries created by termites. These tunnels are where the termites travel and feed.
  7. Swarmers: As mentioned earlier, winged reproductive termites may swarm, particularly during warmer months. If you see swarms of flying insects, especially indoors, it could indicate a termite infestation.
  8. Sagging Floors or Ceilings: Severe termite damage can weaken structural components of a building, leading to sagging floors or ceilings.
  9. Stuck Windows or Doors: Termites can cause doors or windows to become difficult to open or close due to their feeding activity on wooden frames.
  10. Presence of Moisture: Dampwood termites are attracted to moist wood. Therefore, any signs of excessive moisture or water damage, such as mold or mildew, could attract these termites.