A termite infestation is extremely hard and inconvenient to get rid of once you have one, so you should never ignore the warning signs of termites in your home. Not only are they hard to get rid of, but termite damage can be detrimental to the foundation of your home.
Let’s breakdown the five early signs of termites so you can get rid of them as soon as possible before the infestation gets worse.
1. You See a Swarm
Similar to bees, termites swarm together and build a colony. You can find them around your trees and bushes. They particularly like hiding in bushes and burrowing underground.
Make sure you do regular inspections of your trees and bushes to make sure termites are not making a home in them. Keeping your landscaping trimmed will make it easier to see swarms and get rid of them faster.
2. You Hear Munching and Head-Banging in Your Walls
Worker termites are unusually loud when they eat. In fact, if you hold a termite-infested log close to your ear, you’ll be able to hear them munching. You can also hear termites head-banging, which is what soldier termites do when they think they are in danger.
You may hear munching and head-banging coming from your walls if termites have made their way into your house.
Get into the habit of listening to your house and recognizing common noises. That will help you detect when something is off, which means you can identify a termite problem sooner rather than later.
3. Warped Doors and Stiff Windows
If your doors are suddenly hard to close and your windows are hard to open, you may have termites. This isn’t always the case, since damp or hot weather can also affect your doors and windows, but it’s still a good idea to get them checked out by a pest control professional.
When termites eat through wood, they create moisture that causes door and window frames to become warped. Instead of spraying them down with WD40, check that you don’t have a termite infestation first.
You should also check out this article for things to avoid that attract termites.
4. You See Termite Droppings
Termite droppings, or frass, can be hard to detect because it’s easy to mistake it for dirt. However, if you see a patch of “dirt” regularly show up in an odd corner of your house, it might be frass.
Make sure you vacuum and sweep regularly so you are quick to notice anything strange. Frass is dark and powder-like. If you see it, you should call an exterminator immediately.
5. You Find “White Ants”
Termites are similar in shape and size to ants, so it’s easy to mistake them and overlook an infestation until it’s too late. If you see “white ants” in your home, chances are they are termites since there are no white ant species.
Termites have thicker bodies than ants, and their antennas are straight instead of bent. Termites can also look translucent.
Don’t Ignore the Early Signs of Termites
Ignoring these early signs of termites can lead to a bad infestation that will be a pain to eradicate. Plus, spotting termites early can prevent detrimental damage to your home.
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