How to Identify a Termite Infestation

Having termites in or around the house is an issue no homeowner wants to experience. But, it is also an issue that no one wants to ignore either. So, if you suspect that you may have a termite infestation, it is crucial that you take action rather than ignore the situation. Your first step, though, is to identify that you have an infestation. Here are some easy ways to help you out with that task:

Finding Swarmers or Discarded Wings

Swarmers are young termites with wings. They discard their wings near window sills and doors, typically in the spring. Look for swarming termites near bright lights, windows, and doors. If you see termites fly out from under your porch or patio, it is also a sure sign of infestation. The swarmers or their wings are often the first — and sometimes only — a sign of a termite infestation that can be seen.

Finding Mud Tubes

Termites that live underground build mud tubes so they can access moisture as they travel from their colony to their food. Finding these intricate tunnels extending from the ground and up the concrete or foundation of your home is a sure-fire sign that you have a termite infestation. Other places you may find mud tunnels include floor joists, sill plates, support piers, and slabs.

Finding Wood Damage

Termites eat wood from the inside out, so the condition of wood in and around your house can help you determine if you have a termite infestation. If the wood around your house sounds hollow when you tap on it, there is a good chance that you have a termite infestation. Another way to tell if your wood is hollow or otherwise damaged is to check for blistering pieces of wood.

Finding Unusual Paint Issues

If you find oddities in the paint on or in your house such as unevenness or bubbling, there is a possibility that could also be a sign of termites. However, it can also be a sign of water damage, so before you panic, keep looking for other signs of termites. Finding Frass

Drywood termites excrete small pellet-like waste called frass. If you notice small piles of these pellets inside or outside of your home, there is a good chance you have a drywood termite infestation.

If you think you may have a termite infestation, your best course of action is to contact a professional exterminator. The professional pest control experts at Gibson Pest Control can help you get your termite problem under control. Contact our team today!