Termite Signs

Are you worried about termite signs that you have recently discovered in your home? If you have discovered a termite population invading your house, the first thing you should do is not panic. Termites are not insects that double their numbers overnight; you have more than enough time to take all the steps you need to in order to rid them from your home in a safe and effective manner.

Of course, you don’t want to wait months to take action. Keep in mind that a large colony of termites can do extensive damage to your home in a matter of months. That’s one of the reasons it is so important to pay attention to termite signs. Just make sure you figure out what kind of termites you have, so you can take the best measures available to get rid of them and keep them from coming back.

How Can I Tell What Kind Of Termites I Have?

Look for termite signs around any wood frames in your home, especially if there is moisture present. You can use a screwdriver to dig out a little of the wood so you can see. You might see wings, droppings or mud or dirt tunnels inside of walls. Also check window sills as well as your wood deck or porch.

Subterranean Termite

The subterranean termite is the most prevalent in North America. There are actually almost 50 different species of these guys. Most of the species are too hard to tell apart. You would need a microscope to do it. You can tell you have subterranean termites because they will have a milky white body that is oval in shape. The soldiers also have pretty impressive pinchers.

Reticulitermes Termite

The other type of termite you are likely to find in North America is the reticulitermes termite. This genus of termite is native to North America, unlike the subterranean termite, which most likely arrived here via shipping containers. The reticulitermes termite is darker in color and has a body that is more squared. Just because he’s a native doesn’t mean he won’t wreck your home. This termite is just as likely to do extensive damage as his worldlier cousin.

Mud Tubes

Both of these types of termites will build mud tubes around homes and buildings. Mud tubes are definite termite signs. The tubes are traveling infrastructures to the termites. Consider them interstate highways. They use the tubes to avoid detection by predators as the termites travel above ground. Finding mud tubes in your home is a sure sign of a termite infestation.

Destroying the mud tubes will not rid your home of termites. Termites will simply rebuild the tubes elsewhere. And if you find mud tubes that are empty, do not assume that the termites have left. This is incorrect. They tend to use the tubes more often in rainy weather; if it has been dry for a while, the termites have simply gone back underground.

What About Flying Termites?

Flying termites are swarmers. What it means is there is a large, healthy termite nest that needs some growing room. The swarming termites are easy to see. Some people mistaken them for flying ants, but upon closer inspection you should be able to tell they are termites. Flying termites don’t have the segmented bodies that flying ants do. Their wings are also more uniform, whereas flying ants have a shorter set of wings at the front of their body.

If you see a pile of insect wings near your foundation, you can assume you have termites. Swarming termites will lose their wings very quickly, as opposed to flying ants.

Are There Any Other Kind Of Termites?

You might have heard of drywood termites. These are termites that produce much smaller colonies, usually under 1,000 insects. They are sometimes called furniture termites because they can sometimes be found in neglected, dried out furniture. These termites don’t need moisture to survive. In-fact, they like it dry. They also can be found in dead trees. They are smaller than their subterranean kind, and look more like maggots. They are much less common than subterranean termites as well.

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