Termite infestations can cause major damage to buildings and furniture. It has recently been reported by the National Pest Management Association, that termites actually cause more than $5 billion worth in damages annually in the United States. That’s more than fire, earthquakes and storms combined! Unfortunately, most homeowner insurance policies won’t cover termite damage and most termite infestations are well established before outward signs become visible, but becoming familiar with termite infestation signs may help you identify an infestation and get prompt treatment.
There are two main species of termites that affect U.S. homes: termites that live underground (subterranean termites) and those that live entirely in wood (drywood termites). Drywood termites can be found in the furniture, framing and hardwood flooring of homes, whereas subterranean termites build colonies in the soil.
Since termites are soft-bodied insects, they tend to stay hidden, which is why it is usually difficult to know if you have termites. Termites will dry out and die if they are exposed to sunshine and fresh air. Even though the termites are often out-of-sight, they can leave signs to show that they have been busy.
In Georgia, termites start swarming as early as March and stay active throughout the springtime. Many people see flying insects swarming out of cracks in the floor or holes in the wall. People are often fooled because they may look like ants, but they are often flying termites. There are two or three things to look at in order to figure out whether they are ants or termites. It helps to have a magnifying glass for the identification process.
8 Signs of a Termite Infestation
- Termite mounds
- Hollow-sounding wood
- Frass (termite droppings)
- Sagging of floors or ceilings
- Mud tubes on exterior walls
- Crumbling wood of any structure type
- Cracked or distorted paint on wood surfaces
- Groups of winged insects (“swarmers”) or discarded wings
Termites pose a serious threat to your biggest investment: your home. Here at Any Pest, Inc we offer Sentricon Termite Baiting systems, as well as Liquid Barrier treatments to detect and eliminate termites in and around your home. Our termite baiting systems are installed in the soil around your home or office and will be monitored annually for termites. If termites were to be present, when they feed on the termite bait and bringing the Active Termite Bait back to their colony. As the termites continue to feed on the active bait, and more and more termites are affected, the termites will die and the termite colony is eventually eliminated.
If you ever notice any of the above termite warning signs and believe you may have termites in your home, don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact us today for more information about our Termite protection plans, as well as our free evaluations.