Signs of Termite Infestation
Termite infestations can lead to heavy maintenance cost, including removal of infested woodwork and installation of new wooden frames for doors and windows. It can severely compromise the structural integrity of a home or commercial building. All this can happen without the resident even knowing what's happening. It’s critical to have a basic idea of the initial signs of a termite infestation in your residence or office building. Also, it is recommended to get a termite inspection done by a licensed 'pest control service' if you come across the following signs of infestation. Here are the top five signs of termite infestation to look out for in your home.
1. Swarmers or Discarded Wings
As discussed on our 'Termite Control' page, swarmers are reproductive young female and male winged termites, which emerge at the start of springtime to mate and search for a new location to start a colony, which typically includes our homes. This phenomenon is essential for the survival of termites. Termites swarm only if the colony reaches a certain size. This mostly happens once every year. If you see termite swarms, that is a clear indication there is a fully developed colony near or inside your house.
The timing of swarming varies by each termite type. Subterranean termites often swarm in spring, during daylight. Drywood termites swarm in late summers. However, drywood termite nests are often small and residents may visually miss the swarming phenomenon. However, a clear indication are discarded wings. Dampwood termite also swarm in the summer. However, these termites are not much harmful to buildings and furniture. As such, termite swarmers, or their discarded wings near windowsills and doors, are often the first (and only outwardly visible) sign of a termite problem. Be sure to call Safe Havens Termite & Pest Control Services if you witness any of the discussed indications.