What to look for when you spot a Termite

Termites are wood-eating creatures that can do serious damage to your home.  You should consider annual professional termite inspections in order to identify and be able to quickly address any termite concerns.  A professional termite inspection should include a comprehensive visual inspection of your home, in order to identify any evidence of termite infestation.

The list of what to look for to see if you have termites includes mud tunnels.  Subterranean termites live in the soil and have strict moisture requirements.  In order to get from their damp soil to their meal, they construct mud tunnels.  These tunnels protect them from enemies and dryness as they move from soil to food, and vice versa.  It’s possible to have an active infestation even if you don’t see termites in the mud tunnels you find.

Another thing on the list of what to look for to see if you have termites is termite wings or swarming flying termites.  These might be especially apparent in the springtime.

Next up on the list of what to look for to see if you have termites is waviness in the wood.  This would likely indicate subterranean termites.

Fecal pellets are another type of evidence on the list of what to look for to see if you have termites.  Fecal pellets are something that would lead to identification of drywood termites being your culprits.

Kick-out holes are another thing to look for on the list of what to look for to see if you have termites.  Kick-out holes are the outlet by which drywood termites discard the fecal pellets.

If you identify a termite infestation, don’t panic.  While it may be important to quickly take care of the situation, it takes some time for termites to do significant damage to your home, so you should likely have enough time to formulate a solid plan for treating your home.  Different types of termites are treated in different ways.

Subterranean termites are usually treated by baits or barriers.  Baits introduce a poison to the colony, in order to kill it off.  Barriers introduce a physical or chemical barrier between the termites and your home.  Chemical barriers are traditionally termite-repellents, but it’s not uncommon now for the barrier to be a non-repellent chemical which kills the termites, instead of repelling them.

Damage from drywood termites may be slower than damage from subterranean termites, but because the damage may be better hidden, it may already be a serious problem when it is found.

In order to prevent future problems, you’ll want to consider using treated wood if you’ll be doing any building, such as adding onto your home, or building another structure in your yard.  This will help prevent against drywood termites.  One good way to help prevent against subterranean termite is by making sure barriers, if chosen, are able to make a complete closed perimeter of the home.

Drywood termites are typically treated with heat treatment or fumigation.  Heat treatment heats the walls of your home in order to kill the termites, and fumigation introduces a chemical to your tented home in order to do the same.