Termites are one of the worst pests you can encounter in your home or business because they threaten the structure of your building. These creatures attack wood wherever they can find it and can even go after plastic or drywall. To prevent serious damage, you need to know what a termite infestation looks like. Here are a few signs that you need to call a professional immediately.
Obvious Signs of a Termite Infestation
The most obvious way to tell that you have termites is by seeing them fly around inside your home. If you spot a termite out in the open, there are more burrowing into your wood.
Discarded insect wings are another warning sign. Termites shed their wings after leaving one nest to start completely new colonies, which could signal an infestation that has been going on for years. Take immediate action and check your home for signs of damage.
Other clear physical signs are tubes of mud that connect to your home in any way, as well as tiny mounds of pellets. These mounds are termite droppings and are a sign that they have eaten wood nearby.
Finally, if you hear any clicking sounds that seem to be coming from inside the walls themselves, it could be the termites communicating or eating. These bugs tend to make a lot of noise when destroying structures.
The damage that termites cause is usually a clear indication of their presence. They cause wood to crumble and buckle, even making floorboards sound squeaky and causing doors and windows to stick in place.
If you see any termite pellets, look around nearby for walls, floors or pieces of furniture with a maze-like pattern. Also, be on the lookout for drywall with tiny holes that look like they have been poked into the surface. If you tap a wall or piece of wood, and it sounds hollow, you have damage to deal with.
Contact Professional Termite Control – Action Pest & Turf
If you know you have termites or suspect a termite infestation, immediately see professional help to remove the insects and start assessing the damage they’ve done. It is not a task you should undertake alone.
Contact Action Pest and Turf today for a free quote or to schedule a termite inspection. If you need immediate assistance, call us at (479) 715-0749. We will help you fight back against these pests and protect your home from future infestation.