Termites can wreak havoc on your home’s structure before you even know that you have a problem. If you see one termite, you probably have more lurking behind the walls of your property in New Mexico or Texas. Spotting early signs of termite damage can help you prevent bigger complications down the road.
Termite swarmers tend to come out in the spring. If they’ve invaded your home, they may fly near your windows and drop their wings on the sill. This can happen after a warm rain. It may also occur indoors in the winter. You might also spy a termite stuck in a spider web.
It’s easy to confuse termites with flying ants. If you can capture one of the insects, you can bring it to us for identification.
Termites that have invaded a property can damage the subflooring. The destruction may not be evident because it’s covered by laminate or another surface. A deteriorating floor may feel bouncy or spongy. Termites are known for infesting moist areas, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. If part of your floor area has experienced water damage, you might want to keep an eye on it for signs of the insects.
The destructive insects protect themselves by building tubes out of mud, feces and wood particles. The tubes are often found along the foundation near the floor, around plumbing, in crawl spaces and in the basement. However, the tunnels can make it all the way up to your attic. They look like long, hollow mazes or straws that are made of mud or clay.
Subterranean termites construct mud tubes as they come up into your property from the ground. Drywall termites don’t need contact with soil to come into your home and don’t create noticeable tunnels.
You can detect the presence of drywall termites from their excrement. As these insects are burrowing into wood, they push their feces out of the hole. This appears as a pile of brown dust on the ground. It may look like sawdust. You might find these mounds near baseboards and windowsills.
What To Do If You Think You Have Termites
If you come across damaged or hollow wood, termites have already caused significant damage. Whenever you think you might have a problem with these insects, consult with a professional immediately. Contact Advanced Pest & Weed Management if you suspect that you may have termites in your home.