How to Identify a Termite Infestation
Termites are extremely destructive pests that can cause major damage to your home. It is important to know how to identify a termite infestation and what steps you should take next. This blog post will provide some information on the types of termite infestations, signs of an infestation, and what you should do if you find one in your home.
Termite infestations can be hard to identify, but there are some signs that they’re likely established in your home. The first sign is checking for termites around the foundation of your house. You should also check all possible entries into cracks and joints throughout the building as well as fuse boxes if you have them installed on or adjacent to an exterior wall (especially one with a window).
Signs of damage will vary depending on where it’s located: powder-post beetle attack leaves fine wood dust scattered below their exit holes; drywood beetles may cause brownish stains from droppings when exiting through small openings near windowsills, door frames, baseboards and subflooring; carpenter ants leave piles of sawdust at entrances along walls inside structures.”
Anyway, here they are:
Hollow wood: The termites are taking over your wood. If you hear a soft thud when knocking or tapping on it but also feel resistance, then do not be alarmed because that’s the sound of them eating away at your furniture. Just use a screwdriver to test for their presence by pressing and seeing if there is any give in the surface which signals that they have been gnawing through it! If you knock or tap on some wood and barely hear anything as well as feeling no resistance with something like a screw driver, don’t worry – this just means its time make sure your hardwood floor isn’t being eaten up from beneath
Mud tubes: Termites have their own highway system. They create a network of tubes made from mud to connect the wood they eat and soil in their environment, which is how you can tell if termites are living near your home. These tiny tunnels only measure about as wide as pencils and could be anywhere on your property – so don’t discard that old furniture just yet!
Head banging: When a threat is detected, soldier termites will shake their bodies and head-butt the wood to signal danger to other members of their colony. When you hear that clicking sound coming from inside your walls, it can be alarming; but just know that they are communicating with each other in order to warn them about potential threats!