What Are the Signs of a Termite Infestation?
Because you will rarely see termites when they infest your house, you have to be aware of indicators of their activity. Termites each through wooden structures, and their damage doesn’t start to show until the colony is mature. Being on a constant lookout for termite damage can help you prevent a large infestation from developing.
These are the top signs of a termite infestation:
- Termite droppings (frass)
- Damaged or hollow wood
- Shed wings
- Swarmer termites on your property
- Mud tubes around your home’s foundation
- Blisters on wood floors
- Cracked or bubbling paint
- Small holes in drywall
How to Look For Termite Activity in Florida
When termites are mid-infestation, they either hide within the structure that they’re eating through or underground. This means that termite damage will only become visible once it has become extensive and the colony has grown to great numbers. On top of keeping watch for termite activity, it’s also smart to keep an eye out for the damage that they cause:
- Termite activity. Like any pest, termites will leave behind droppings that indicate their presence. Termite droppings are also known as frass and look like tiny pellets. You can also pick up on termite activity by looking for their discarded swarmer wings.
- Termite damage. If you find holes in your walls, mud tubes in your yard, cracks near your home’s foundation, paint peeling, or wood blistering, you might have termites. Knocking on wood and hearing a hollow sound could also mean that there are termites present.
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Do I Have an Active Termite Infestation?
Seeing any signs of termites is a bad sign of an infestation—they are so elusive that any indications of their presence mean that their population could be reaching crowded levels. A professional termite expert will always be able to look for termite activity in places that are hard to reach or unassuming. Scheduling regular inspections from experts like the ones at Florida Pest Control can help snuff out any potential infestations.