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Identifying Termite Warning Signs

Termites are small, often transparent insects that live in colonies and feed on wood. While they are tiny, they can cause significant damage over time. Here are the key signs to watch out for:

  1. Mud Tubes: Termites build mud tubes to travel between their colony and food source. These tubes look like thin lines of mud on walls or foundation.
  2. Wood Damage: Check for wood that sounds hollow when tapped. Termites hollow out the wood from the inside, leaving a fragile outer layer.
  3. Discarded Wings: After swarming, termites shed their wings. Finding discarded wings near windows or doors is a strong sign of infestation.
  4. Frass: Termite droppings, known as frass, resemble tiny wood pellets. Look for these near infested areas.
  5. Tight-Fitting Doors and Windows: Termites produce moisture when eating wood, causing doors and windows to become difficult to open or close.
  6. Noisy Walls: If you tap on an infested wall, you may hear a faint rustling sound as termites move inside.

Preventing Termite Infestations

Prevention is key when dealing with termites. Here are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of an infestation:

  • Regular Inspections: Schedule annual termite inspections by a professional pest control service.
  • Reduce Moisture: Fix any leaks or plumbing issues that may create moisture, as termites are attracted to damp areas.
  • Wood-to-Ground Contact: Avoid direct contact between wood and soil in your home’s structure.
  • Remove Dead Trees: Termites are attracted to dead or decaying wood, so remove any dead trees or stumps from your property.
  • Store Firewood Away: Keep firewood and lumber away from your home’s foundation.

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