Termites live in structured societies. Unlike the ants, they have a king. King and Queen termites are top members of the colony, and the rest have other distinctive jobs like the reproducing team and the soldiers. If they have wings, they belong to the reproductive team. It is highly recommended that you contact your local pest control expert to have your house fully inspected. Here are some of the signs to look out for if you think your house has a termite infestation:
A swarm of termites consists of adult male and female reproductives that leave their colonies in order to mate and to create a new colony. Look out for any swarm of termites flying around any light source you have, it may be inside or outside your home. Having a swarm of termites outside your home doesn’t really mean your home is infested, but it is still advisable to check around your house for any termite mud-tunnels. Having a swarm of termites in a light source you have in your home may be a sign of trouble. You may have a termite infestation. Check your wood structures that are located near the light source where the swarm of termites is, it may be possible that their nest or colony is in one of those wood structures.
2. Discarded wings.
When you sweep the floor in your home, make sure to look out for any discarded wings. Discarded wings can be a sign of a termite infestation. This happens after the adult or reproductive termites have mated. These reproductive termites find their pairs then if it’s time for them to mate, they crawl to a nesting site and that is when they start to create a new colony.
3. Mud tubes or mud tunnels.
Termites need moisture to live. These hollow tunnels are made of mud to protect them from heat and from getting dry especially when they march their way from their nest to the food source. These tubes are the calling card of subterranean termites which are usually seen in your basement or inside the walls of your house. Termites may have excavated the wood making it very thin and when a portion is broken, they cover up the holes with the mud they use which is made of soil, saliva and their feces. Break open the mud tubes to see if there are still active termites in it.
4. Damaged wood
Termites feed on dry wood. Which makes our home the source of their food. They consume the wood from the inside leaving a thin layer outside to protect them from getting dry. If you see any trail of mud-tunnel or termite damage, try knocking on it and you might hear a hollow sound because most of the inner part of the wood has already been consumed by the termites. The wood itself may also appear distorted or damaged and this is a sure sign that the termites have already been there and they may be looking for other wood structures to consume.