Termites can be incredibly destructive to both manmade structures and trees. It can be difficult for a homeowner to know they have an infestation until timbers or trees show signs of damage. Be on the lookout for the below signs of termites.
1. Flying Termites
One of the first signs of an infestation in the area is flying termites. If no flying termites are seen, another sign is finding their dropped wings. After the male and female mate, they will shed their wings. If any sign of flying termites is found, it is a good idea to have an insect inspection Staten Island.
Worker termites can be heard as they eat through wood, so put your head near the wall to listen for sounds. If there are quiet clicking noises coming from inside the walls, it may be soldier termites banging their heads against the wood to communicate danger signals to the rest of the colony.
Termites eat wood from the inside out, so detecting them can be difficult from looks alone. Some people have no idea that termites are present until they touch a piece of wood and it collapses in on itself. If a loose piece of wood is discovered in or near the home, it can be examined for the presence of tunnels.
A sign that will be looked for during an insect inspection is the presence of termite droppings. Termite droppings, also called frass, are pushed out of holes near the nest entrance. This leaves a dark, powdery residue and dark marks around the area of infestation.
As with other parts of owning a home, it is a good idea to do regular checks to look for signs of infestations in and around dwelling spaces. Catching an issue early can save a lot of property damage, repair time and money.