Evidence of Termites

Hungry Hungry Termites
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Termites are devastating to any household but this is especially true if you do not catch them early on. The longer the termites are left undiscovered, the greater the damage becomes. This is why it is essential that you regularly look for evidence of termites in your home. Being able to identify termites and understanding what their signs are can save you lots of money in damage and repairs.

1) Evidence of Termites in General

First, understand that there are two different types of termites: drywood termites and subterranean termites. Because of this, one type of termite may leave different evidence than the other. I’ll show you how to look for evidence unique to each of these termite types. But first, here’s the evidence that both types commonly leave.

a) Evidence of Droppings

This is also sometimes called termite frass. If you see a small pile of what looks like wood chippings or sawdust then this is a tell-tale sign of termites in the home.

b) Evidence of Damaged Wood

This may not be as obvious as termite droppings but damaged wood is another strong indicator of a termite infestation. If a floorboard or parts of you wall can be easily punctured or broke and the flake away, you’re likely to have an infestation. It is obvious when this occurs as you will see a grid like pattern beneath the surface of the wood which is very fragile and brittle.

c) Evidence outside at the base of homes.

An inspection around the base of the home will usually lead to one or two pieces of evidence, showing the location from which the termites have entered your house.

d) Evidence of Termite Mounds

This one almost goes without saying, but if you have large earth mounds in the land surrounding your home then you’ll need to double up your termite protection and prevention measures.

2) Evidence of Drywood Termites

Drywood termites will eat dig and burrow into your furniture. But they do not necessarily need to live in a damp environment to survive. So if you’re looking for evidence of drywood termites, you may be able to find them in locations such as:

-Windowsills
-Floorboards
-Chairs and tables
-Walls

3) Evidence of Subterranean Termites

Unlike drywood termites, subterranean termites need a damp and moist environment to live. Because of this, some of the signs can be slightly different from drywood termites.

Evidence of Termite Trails

Subterranean termites will tend to leave many more termite trails than their drywood counterparts. They will do this using dirt, leftover wood and their own droppings. Termite trails are easy to identify as they look like roots of mud that have been place on the floor or wall.