Termites are one of the most common and problematic pests that homeowners face, and they should be exterminated as soon as possible. Unfortunately, these insects may cause massive amounts of damage to your property before you even realize they’re in your house. That’s why we’re here to provide you with a few tips on how to spot termites before they become more than just a minor nuisance.
As you probably know, termites enjoy chewing their way through wood, which will often include your walls and furniture. While you may think this would make their presence extremely noticeable, they eat wood from the inside out. These means that you may not realize they are chewing through a piece of furniture until it’s already destroyed. However, something to keep in mind is that a piece of hollowed out wood will make a different noise when you tap it. You could try tapping similar pieces of wood throughout your home and listen for any noticeable changes in sound. While doing this, you should also keep an eye out for any areas of wood that has ridges or holes, which could be a sign of termite infestation.
You should also be on the lookout for any insects around your property that may look like flying ants. Winged termites, otherwise known as swarmers, resemble ants, but they have a few noticeable differences. They have straight antennae, and both sets of wings are the same size, unlike ant wings.
Finally, you may notice termite “cement” around your property, which is essentially mud that termites have used to seal holes and cracks. They do this to stop airflow throughout the property, ensuring the environment is as moist as possible.
Whether you notice these signs or not, if you suspect you have a termite problem, we can take care of it in no time!