5 Indicators of Termites in Your Home

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • May 02, 2016

Check For These 5 Signs Of Termites

Termites are a big part of the ecosystem and their job is to turn dead wood into dirt. Unfortunately, they have a tendency to turn the dead wood our homes are built of into dirt. Below are 5 termite indicators that all homeowners should be on the lookout for.

1. Damaged Wood

Termites eat wood from the inside out and leave a distinct pattern on the wood upon feeding. The wood becomes hallow and weak and if they’re chomping on your home, they could leave you with costly structural damage.

2. Termite Tubes

Subterranean Termites create mud tubes across surfaces to protect themselves from predators and the environment. Termites aren’t only known for building tubes, but mounds as well. Termite mounds can be found in tropical and subtropical environments.

3. Swarmers

Every year, swarmers emerge from termite colonies in search of starting a new colony. Swarmers are winged adult termites, considered to be the future kings and queens of a new colony. Swarmers are commonly mistaken for flying ants, though the main differences are the antennae, body type, and wing length.

4. Presence of Discarded Wings

One of the most obvious indicators of termites is the shedding of swarmer wings. Once they are one swarming, they will shed their wings just before finding a new nesting site. If you see piles of discarded wings around your home, then there’s a good chance you have active termites.

5. Droppings

Termite feces, also know as Frass, are left behind after wood consumption. These droppings are typically wood colored and can be found around infested wood.

If you’ve noticed any of the above indicators around your property, contact Killingsworth’s termite control professionals today for a free inspection. It’s estimated that termites cause over $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. every year.

Preventing termites with an annual inspection and an updated termite warranty is the best protection for your home. Be proactive and don’t wait until it’s too late!

If you’re on the hunt for termites in your home, check theĀ common places termites could be hiding and look for the signs listed above.

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