What Are the Signs of a Termite Infestation?
Although they’re hard to spot, the most common signs of a termite infestation include hollow wood, mud tubes, excrement (frass), discarded wings, and, of course, seeing swarming termites near your home.
Even though it’s rare for homeowners to spot termites, it’s essential to know the evidence of their presence even if the signs are difficult to spot as well. The most common signs that signal termite activity or an infestation include:
- Damaged or hollow-sounding wood
- Mud tubes
- Termite droppings (known as frass)
- Swarmers or piles of shed wings
- Blisters in wooden flooring
- Cracked or bubbling paint
- Small holes in drywall
Finding Termite Evidence in Your Home
Termites are notoriously difficult to spot early on in an infestation, and unfortunately are often only noticed when extensive damage has already been done. By knowing the signs of termites and staying vigilant about looking for them, you could possibly keep a small termite problem from becoming a full-blown infestation. If you’re a property owner looking for evidence of termites, keep an eye out for the following things:
- Structural damage: If you notice holes in your walls, mud tubes or cracks near the home’s foundation, blisters in wood floors, or peeling paint on walls, you may have termites. If you knock on any wood to be infested and hear a hollow noise in return, you very likely have termites.
- Physical evidence of termites: Seeing termite droppings (frass), which look like small pellets, discarded wings, or actual swarmer termites are the biggest indicators of an infestation in or near your home.
Less Noticeable Termite Signs
The reason why termites are so dangerous is the fact that they are silent offenders and can be difficult to detect even by a professional. Although the following signs are rare and may not necessarily indicate termites, they may help lead to further inspections that can locate the wood-boring pests: Strange zigzag markings that appear to be raised on surface walls, a distinctly musty odor, discoloration in the walls, squeaky floorboards, or loosening tiles on the floor may all help determine whether or not you have termites in your home. In any case, the best way to diagnose a termite infestation is by enlisting the help of a professional.