To make sure that you are calling for an exterminator before it is too late, you need to know the signs that could indicate that you have a termite infestation. Take a moment to review the following signs so that you are not wasting any time when it comes to getting rid of those destructive pests.
Visible Mud Tunnels
Termites have a habit of building mud tunnels on the surface of your foundation walls or on the beams of your house, such as in the basement. This is so they are able to keep moist while searching for food. These tunnels are about as wide as a pencil and can be as long as the termites need them to be.
Cracks In The Walls Or Wood
You might not think that a small crack can be an access point for much of anything, but it can be. Termites only need an opening that is as wide as the edge of a dime. If you start to notice a lot of cracks that are of that size, you might have a termite problem. You will want to look for these cracks along your exterior foundation wall, on the interior walls of your home, and especially in the wood floor beams.
Even if you are only noticing the occasional fallen wing here or there, that is enough of an indicator that you have a problem with termites. After all, there are probably many more discarded wings that you are not seeing because they are within your wood beams or behind the walls. The wings are longer than they are wide, and they are translucent. This means that you are able to see through them, because they are not a solid color.
Do not make the mistake of assuming that you are simply going to be able to spot a bunch of wood that has been chewed on. Termites crawl into the wood and eat it from the inside out. Therefore, the best thing to do is occasionally knock on the wood. Does it sound hollow and unlike other sections of wood in the home? If it does, it is probably because there is not much left to the interior of that piece of wood. You will not only need to get rid of the termites so there is no further damage, but also so it is reasonable to start replacing damaged sections of your home.
With the previously mentioned tips, you'll be well-equipped for spotting a possible termite infestation. If you believe that you have a problem, you will need to call an exterminator like E & R Exterminating Company, Inc.