Unfortunately, many people don’t realize they’ve got a termite problem until their home becomes severely damaged. Learn how to recognize the warning signs early on so you can call in the help of termite control services.
Symptoms Of A Termite Infestation
You Hear Unexplained Noises
We become accustomed to the noises our homes make, from the hum of a fan to the sound of the dishwasher starting up. We know when something sounds off. If you’ve experienced a strange, unidentifiable sound, it could be a sign of a termite problem. This sound may seem like a faint scraping. Place your ear against the wall or door nearest the noise. If something sounds like it’s clicking, it could be termites. As gross as it is, this clicking is the sound of them munching on the wood.
You Notice Damage To Wood Structures
You’re probably most familiar with this problem as it is essentially the trademark of termites. Since termites feed on the wood fibers, they will create tunneling as they gnaw through banisters, walls, doors, or furniture.
You Discover A Termite Tube
Most often, these tubes appear in the corners and on the walls of the home. It may appear to look like someone has tracked wet sand inside and rolled it into a log shape. However, this tube means that the infestation is already well established. Termites use these tubes to travel without being exposed. If you notice a tubular structure, call a home pest control service immediately.
Your Walls Sound Hollow
If you suspect you have termites, gently knock on the door or wall you believe is infested. If it sounds hollow, you may indeed have termites. As mentioned above, the termites will carve out wood as they travel through it. This alters the wood’s integrity and, therefore, how sound travels when you knock on them. If the damage is terrible, the wood may even crumble under the slightest pressure.
You Can See Termite Frass
Termite “frass” is a more scientific way of saying “termite poop.” It looks like a pile of sawdust or birdseed. These frass piles are also very close to the “kick-out hole,” where worker termites remove the waste from the wall and drop it on the ground. Your first reaction upon finding a pile of termite droppings may be to clean it up. However, it’s best to leave it until an exterminator inspects your property. These piles make it easy to locate the kick-out hole, and if they can locate the kick-out hole, they can get to the heart of the colony for a faster extermination.
You Spot Termites Swarming
Termites will send out scouts or “swarmers.” If you notice a swarm of flying insects in your home, take a closer look and see if they’re ants or termites. Ants tend to be reddish-brown or black, while termites are milky white or clear. Also, once these scouts have found what they’re looking for, they’ll discard their wings. If you notice many wings without insects attached, chances are it’s time to research pest control companies.
You Find Termite Frass
Termite “frass” is industry talk for termite poop. It looks like a pile of sawdust or birdseed. These frass piles are also very close to the “kick-out hole,” where worker termites remove the waste from the wall and drop it on the ground. Your first reaction upon finding a pile of termite droppings may be to clean it up. However, it’s best to leave it until an exterminator inspects your property. These piles make it easy to locate the kick-out hole, and if they can locate the kick-out hole, they can get to the heart of the colony for a faster extermination.
How To Get Rid Of Termites
There are many instances when DIY can save money, time, and teach you a new skill. When it comes to termite treatments, it’s best to call professionals. These creatures are prolific in their damage, and eradicating them can be difficult and requires chemicals. It’s really best to rely on the expertise of trained and licensed technicians.
Get Rid Of Termites With Help From Okeena Termite And Pest Control
If you think you’ve got termites, don’t wait. Acting quickly can reduce the damage and get back control of your home. At Okeena Termite And Pest Control, we use a tried-and-true termite control program to eradicate these nasty bugs quickly and safely. Call 731-285-4982 today or reach us online here. To take advantage of current deals and promotions, be sure to like us on Facebook and read our monthly blog for more pest control info.