5 Signs of a Termite Infestation
Jan 10, 2022
When people initially spot termites, they typically see the swarmer-type termite. This bug looks a lot like a winged ant, but it has several noteworthy differences, such as: White, transparent wings with rounded tips that are the same length. A tiny body no longer than a quarter of an inch.
In addition to wood inside the home, termites are drawn inside by moisture, wood in contact with house foundations, and cracks in building exteriors. Different combinations of these factors attract different species. Additionally, geographic location plays a role in how likely homeowners are to deal with infestations.
Look for damage along the grain of the wood or sections that are missing. If you can't remove a piece of wood, inspect your property for wood that crumbles easily or wood that sounds hollow when your tap on it. If you find damaged wood, look around for termites, which are pale yellow in color and have soft bodies.
Keep an eye out for the following signs of termite activity:
While you cannot get rid of termites permanently from the environment, you can help prevent them from taking root in your home and control any active colonies nearby. Although it may be tempting to try termite control yourself, prevention and treatment is best left to the professionals.
If you spot a termite and want to dispatch it immediately, this is the technique for you. Shoot Termidor Foam directly into cracks, voids, and crevices that make for great termite hiding places. The odorless foam will expand, then evaporate, leaving behind a residue that poisons termites as soon as they touch it.
Generally speaking, most infestations take about fourteen days to terminate. A heavy infestation can take up to eight weeks. These timelines are of course for professional exterminators.
Vinegar. Vinegar is the wonder material for your home. Not only can you use it to clean everything from your kitchen counter to shower, but you can also use it to kill termites. Just mix up a half a cup of it with the juice from two lemons, and you've got your termite killer.
Mint is another natural pesticide that could repel termites. Mints release a strong scent, and termites are overwhelmed by mints and will retreat from them.
Common signs of termite damage to a wall include:
Q. Can termites go away on their own after they have invaded a home or business? A. Yes, they can go away on their own.
One popular method on how to get rid of termites involves treating the soil around your house with a termite insecticide, such as imidacloprid or fipronil. Wood can also be treated directly if termites are inside. Termite baits are strategically placed around your yard to lure termites in.
Swarming subterranean termites do not leave exit holes in wood, as they build their nests underground in the soil. Instead, they exit their nests via mud tubes (tunnels) that direct them to the surface.
They're called “kick-out holes.” The wood kicked out looks like mustard seeds, and you can see grooves where their gut has squeezed out the moisture. If you're wondering if what you're looking at could be termite holes (or kick-out holes), look for a pile of these tiny wood seeds on the floor.
Termite eggs are tiny and oval-shaped. They are white or light brown and are protected by the queen until they hatch. They always come in groups, forming a larger mass. Termite eggs are usually found deep in the queen's nest (4 to 18 inches below the ground).
They're found nearly everywhere on earth, including the soil in our yards. Yet, that's not a bad thing. You'll learn why as you read on. Termites are sometimes called “white ants” because they're small, light in color, and live in colonies like ants do.
Depending on the size of the house, building or other structure, it may take 3 – 5 years for termite damage to be obvious – this depends on the size of the colony (or colonies) present. Some research has found that it would take up to 15+ years (give or take) for termites to completely destroy your home.
By disturbing the Termites you can cause the problem to intensify as Termites will probably retreat from the disturbed area and re–appear to attack elsewhere in your home.
Essentially, termites definitely bite wood and do attack other insects, but they do not bite people. Although homeowners experiencing an infestation should not be concerned about receiving bites from termites, professional extermination methods should be sought and implemented to protect the structure of your home.