What Are The Early Signs Of Termites? As all animal keepers know, there are signs to look out for that indicate an infestation of dangerous insects in the home. The same can be said about termites. These pests are prevalent throughout the world, but some people are more at risk than others when it comes to having them invade their property.
Termite activity is often the most obvious time when they become active after months of hibernation. This is due to warmer weather conditions encouraging the insects to emerge from underground tunnels where they inhabited.
While these early signs may not mean an invasion has already taken place, it does prompt further inspection for potential early warning signs indicating termite activity is present. Here are early signs of termites.
This is often the most obvious early sign of termite activity in your home. As these insects start to work their way through your property they will begin by creating mud tubes along the surface. These are tall, narrow structures resembling anthills that are usually found with soil next to them for excavation purposes.
These tubes are plaster-like in appearance and are commonly constructed on wooden or concrete surfaces where they can easily access needed nutrients from within walls or flooring. If you spot small piles of soil or ash near beams or doorways, then chances are you may have an infestation occurring.
If this is the case, then it’s important not to disturb any of it because there could be insects present close by susceptible to disruption.
You may spot some holes in the ground if your property is located next to a tree or bush, but this doesn’t automatically mean there’s termite activity nearby. However, you should watch out for steep sinkholes that can form suddenly overnight on flat surfaces such as driveways or pathways.
These are indicative of nests being present underground and will become larger and wider over time if left untreated – so it’s important not to disturb these at all costs until the situation has been dealt with by a professional pest controller.
This is an obvious indication of termites because they love feeding on almost as much as we enjoy pounding stakes through their hearts and the hearts of their offspring. Termite damage is easy to spot because it can cause large chunks of wooden flooring, doors, and beams to rot away over time – leaving any room they may have infested in a poor state.
During an inspection, look for small galleries lining the surface which are formed by termites feeding off the wood before excreting it back out in a form of sawdust that resembles finely ground coffee grounds.
As termite activity increases in your home, you will eventually realize there is movement in wooden flooring (especially in crawlspaces and crawl spaces). This is due to the presence of the insects and their activity in these rooms, which will become apparent through further inspection.
These creatures live underground and tunnel through dirt and soil to reach wood – where they spend much of their time feeding on it to create escape routes for future invasions when attacks occur.
As termites continue to feed off wooden beams, furniture, or flooring within your home you may notice small trails or traces that look like pepper along surfaces. This occurs because termites move in small numbers when searching out food and require a steady supply of what they need to survive – including moisture from beneath floors and walls via leaks and cracks found throughout buildings.
If you spot any evidence of these insects, then you should contact a pest controller as soon as possible to determine whether your property may already be infested and how best to deal with the problem.
As termite activity increases within your home, you’ll start noticing small piles of soil near wooden beams and doorways where mud tubes have been created for feeding purposes. If left unchecked over time these will increase in size and number as termites continue to invade your property – causing damage that can lead to structural issues if not dealt with by professional exterminators immediately.
These pests require moisture from within the structure of buildings to survive, so they essentially ‘breathe’ through their skin and use tunnels made from soil and mud as they travel. This is why it’s important to find where entry points are so that you can work on sealing them before the problem worsens further.
Once termites have fed on wood, they will leave behind droppings that resemble sawdust or finely ground coffee grounds. You may notice these around areas where there has been damage caused by the pests, but if at this point you don’t know why these are present then it’s best not to disturb their distribution as it could be an early warning of infestation.
However, once more than one trail accumulates in a concentrated space – such as under floorboards – then it usually means termite activity is taking place nearby and should be investigated by a professional pest controller.
With warmer weather upon us, you may find termites around your property in the form of winged insects and black creatures known as ‘swarmers’. These are what we call alates: reproductive males and females that have nowhere to lay eggs and take a flight to seek out new homes for their colonies once laid throughout wooden beams or other infested rooms within a building.
Swarmers can also be found near windows because they need sunlight to stay alive – which means you will likely spot them when conditions become favorable for survival. If these pests appear, then pest control inspections should be scheduled immediately to determine whether any activity is occurring nearby.
You may spot swarmers and their distinctive tunnels within the soil around windowsills or doorways at first, but as they continue to invade further into a property you’ll see them congregate more frequently on wooden beams close to ground level. This is because the pests will move through this area when they’re searching for new places to colonize – including your home!
If you notice winged insects in large numbers feeding together then it’s likely that an invasion has taken place.
Now that we’ve come to the end of the article, we hope you enjoyed and learned something from this article. If you need any termite control services or any pest control service, feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you!