Common Signs of Termite Infestation Every Homeowner Should Know

Termite infestations can be a serious concern for homeowners, as these silent destroyers can cause extensive damage to the structure of a home if left unchecked. Recognising the signs of a termite infestation early on is crucial for effective pest control. Here are some common signs that homeowners should be aware of:

  1. Mud Tubes: Subterranean termites, one of the most common types, build mud tubes to provide moisture while they travel between their nest and a food source. These pencil-sized tubes can be found along walls, foundations, and other surfaces.
  2. Wood Damage: Termites feed on cellulose, which is present in wood and other plant materials. If you notice wood that sounds hollow when tapped, or wood that appears damaged and crumbles easily, it may be a sign of termite activity.
  3. Discarded Wings: Winged termites, also known as swarmers, emerge from mature colonies to establish new ones. If you find discarded wings near windowsills, doors, or other entry points, it could indicate a termite swarm and the presence of a nearby colony.
  4. Frass or Termite Droppings: Drywood termites produce small, pellet-like droppings known as frass. These tiny faecal pellets can accumulate near infested wood or on windowsills. The colour and shape may vary, but they often resemble sawdust or coffee grounds.
  5. Tight-Fitting Doors and Windows: As termites feed on wooden structures, they may cause doors and windows to become tight or difficult to open. This is often a result of the wood warping, or the door and window frames being damaged by termite activity.
  6. Noisy Walls: Soldier termites may bang their heads against the walls or shake their bodies to signal danger to the colony. While these sounds are typically not audible to the human ear, specialised equipment may detect termite noises in some cases.
  7. Visible Termite Workers: In some instances, homeowners may actually see live termites, particularly if a colony has been disturbed. Workers are pale, soft-bodied insects, while swarmers have wings and a darker coloration.
  8. Cracked or Bubbling Paint: Subterranean termites can damage paint on the surface of wood as they tunnel through it. If you notice areas of paint that appear cracked or bubbled, it could be an indication of termite activity underneath.
  9. Sagging Floors or Ceilings: Advanced termite damage can compromise the structural integrity of a home, leading to sagging floors or ceilings. If you notice these signs, it’s crucial to address the issue promptly.
  10. Increased Presence of Ants: Sometimes mistaken for termites, ants can also cause damage to wood. If you see an increase in ant activity, especially near wood structures, it may warrant further investigation for potential termite infestation.
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If you suspect a termite infestation, it is advisable to consult with a professional pest control service for a thorough inspection and appropriate treatment. Early detection and intervention are key to minimising the damage caused by termites. Regular inspections and preventive measures can also help protect homes from these destructive pests.

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