As a homeowner, it may be difficult to be aware of the existence of termites as they traverse underground in their mud tunnels. However, you may be alarmed and take early action against the termites if you notice some clues which indicate their presence. The mud tubes, made up of soil and wood, show a presence of subterranean termites. These termites spread easily throughout the structures and damage it from within. Discarded wings, which may be found on window sills or other places near home’s foundation, also point towards the presence of a termite colony. Termites are also attracted to moisture and light. After infesting wooden structures, the drywood termites also leave behind tiny droppings called frass
Ceilings and walls constructed of drywall, also known as sheetrock, are vulnerable to termite attacks. Termites may attack and damage any structure made of wood and cellulose. Other materials such as plaster and metal siding may also be infested by termites. Wooden structures attacked by termites show obvious signs of damage like the presence of veneer cracks and mud tunnels lining within or on the exterior of walls, foundation of the house, and ceilings or floor beams.
Hollowed walls are also a sign of infestation by termites. The surface of drywall damaged by termites may appear to have tiny ripples. Termites may also make tiny holes on drywall paper. Termite infestations may also have a scent similar to mildew or mould. Drywood termites may attack the inside of walls or furniture. As these signs of infestation may not be visible until the damage has occurred, it is advisable that homeowners hire the services of pest control professionals to choose the available extermination options.