Spotting Signs Of Termite Activity On Your Maryland Property Before It's Too Late
The only thing worse than finding termites in your home is finding termites that have been living in your home for months and have already caused significant damage. Termites are hard to spot and hard to get rid of. They can feel like an impossible pest. When it comes to termites, however, there are signs you can look out for.
Termite Appearance And Identification
Termites are sometimes compared to flying ants in appearance. They’re very small and are usually white or light tan in color. However, you probably won’t see these "white ants." They can’t survive in the elements, so they spend all their time hiding in their underground nests or inside the walls of your home.
However, you may see alates, also called reproductives or swarmers. These termites are larger and darker than worker termites, and in the spring, they grow wings and leave the nest in order to look for a mate to reproduce and start new colonies.
If you see winged bugs, or shed wings, have Capitol Pest come take a look to verify whether or not they are swarmer termites. If they are, take action immediately before they can start a new colony near your home.
Signs Of Termite Activity In And Near Your Home
How do you know if there are termites in your home? Here are some common signs to look out for:
Winged termites. We already talked about this briefly. Flying termites are looking for a new home, and you don’t want their new home to be anywhere near yours.
Frass. Frass is the material discarded from a termite tunnel. It may look like sawdust and might contain feces or bits of dead termites. You might find frass along the bottom of your walls or around the foundation of your home.
Tunnels. You can check for mud tunnels created on the outside of your home. These tunnels provide a passage for subterranean termites to get from their underground nest to the wood of your home which they’ll feed on. These are small lines of mud around the exterior of your home. Any tunnels within wood is also a common warning sign.
Noises. If you hear noises coming from your walls, you might have termites. They won’t be as loud as mice or rats or crickets, but you may hear faint clicking noises. If you think there are pests living in your walls, have Capitol Pest come by for an inspection.
The Dangers Of Termite Damage
If you don't think termites are a big deal, know this. Termites can cause thousands of dollars of damage in just one home. Don’t let that be yours! When termites have been around a home long enough, the evidence will start to show. Termites eat cellulose, found in wood. This process weakens the structural integrity of a home. This may result in doors and windows that don’t open easily, floors that warp, walls that bulge, and ceilings that droop. If ignored long enough, the damage can be irreparable.
Protecting Your Home From Termites
You can protect your home by being vigilant against termites. Consider scheduling times to go through your home and check for the signs mentioned above. It’s a good idea to have professional pest technicians come by for routine termite inspections as well, or even better, get started with ongoing termite control for your property.
At Capitol Pest, we know that "the sooner the better" applies when it comes to termites. We’ll inspect your home for signs of damage and eliminate the termites in your home before they can destroy the wooden structures of your building. If you see any of the above signs or have any other reason to believe you have termites, give us a call today!