Due to the silent nature of their attack, termites can be the most devastating pests and can pose several health risks to you, your family, and your home before they are even detected.
It’s advisable to be proactive and search for termite signs in your home so that you can prevent damages ahead of time.
Here are 5 signs that you might have pesky and uninvited guests living in your home:
1. Mud tubes
Have you ever noticed moist soil or dirt in different corners of your house?
These mud spots are one of the most common warning signs of a termite infestation that include their feces and are generally constructed along the walls.
Some common areas where you can find them include woody plants, picture frames, cabinets, wardrobes and wooden furnishings.
Unfortunately, simply breaking mud tunnels and cleaning out the dirt will not combat these hidden agents.
2. Termite droppings
Some species like drywood termites don’t use their waste to build long mud tunnels. Instead, these critters push their waste products out of small holes near the paths to their nest.
This results in dark powdery material called frass or termite droppings around the area they are eating.
You may find colony nests underneath the eaves, in attics, roof shingles or between floors and ceilings in your homes.
3. Rotten wood
Termites love humid environments, and therefore usually live and feed on wooden items and tend to eat away from the inside out. When any wooden furnishing like a cabinet or drawer sounds hollow or papery on tapping, it probably has termite invasion.
Any holes produced by termites are smaller and deeper and the wood dust formed is a lot more coarse and heavier.
4. Ceiling or floor damage
Despite being smaller in size, they can cause a massive amount of damage to the structural areas like floors, skirting boards and ceiling bars.
If you spot any welts, cracks or scratches on any of these surfaces, there are good chances that termites are present.
5. Cracked paint
If there are signs of bubbling or cracked paint inside your home, you should look for termites.
Being a humidity lover, the termites prefer to rest on the internal walls.
Termite damage to walls often looks like minor water leakage but it is quite a serious and complicated issue to fix.
To sum up…
If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to consult an expert pest team to manage the termite problem in your house.