Termites are the significant enemy of your wooden furniture. Most of you are worried about the termite infestation in your homes because the termites once start eating the wood, leave nothing behind. They can turn your valuable furniture into mud because termites have a large colony that can eat the wood at an exponential rate
So it is necessary to detect the termites early. Because once you spot the presence of termites in your home, you can use different techniques to eliminate the termites from your home. But if you do not pay attention to termite infestation, you will have left empty-handed at the end.
So in this article, I will tell you the early signs of termite infestation. With these signs, you can detect termites in your home with ease.
The noise of the termites indicates their presence in your home. You will hear the voice of termites if you place the ear near the wood infested with termites. The soldier termites produce the sound when they bang their heads against the wall of the wood. They do so whenever they sense any danger to their nest.
In the case of danger, the soldier termites alert the remaining termites by producing sounds. The worker termites produce sound when they are eating the woods. You can hear a clear munching sound of worker termites. They have sharp mouth parts that degrade the wood and produce sounds.
The wings of termites or flying termites:
If you ever encounter the wings of termites in your home, then it is an alarming situation. It indicates that the termites will start the colony in your home or have started the one. You can also witness the flying termites in your home.
The termites fly at the onset of the spring whenever the temperature rises. The dry wood termites move from one place to other in rainy seasons. These termites form the groups and then fly to a suitable place.
Sometimes, the sexually mature termites leave the group and form their colony. This happens when the male selects its mate in the colony. They then left the colony, and remove their wings. Discarding the wings is the sign of a couple. Then they mate to produce their colony and become the king and queen of the colony.
The shedding of wings is the sign that a new colony of termites is going to form.
Presence of mud tubes on the walls:
Subterranean termites form the mud tubes because they keep their contact with soil for moisture. The mud tubes are visible, and you can see them easily. Termites build the mud tubes on the foundation of your house.
If you break the mud tubes, you will see a massive number of termites in them. But it is not advised to break them because these termites can fly and infest any other wood of your home.
Find the opening of the mud tubes. But if you fail to find the opening, then make a hole in the tubes, and add pesticide to them. After the addition of pesticides, block the holes in the tubes as many as you can to prevent termites from coming out.
Hollow or papery timber of doors:
The termites eat the wood from inside. If the infestation is new, then the wood will seem normal from the outside. But if the infestation is former, then you will see the cracks and unexplainable lines on the outside of the walls.
For instance, you can check the termite infestation by knocking on the door. If the termites infest your door, then a hollow sound will be produced.
Once the termites eat the wood from inside completely, they will move towards the outer side and start eating the surface.
Tight-fitting doors and windows:
The subterranean termites need a connection to the soil and the moisture that is why these termites leave behind the wet fecal material. The leftover dampness of these termites causes your doors and windows to be swollen. These swollen doors and windows are difficult to close.
So if you ever face difficulty in closing your doors and windows in dry weather, then it may be a sign of termite infestation. You should check the windows and doors thoroughly. If you find termites, there then take action quickly.
Some of the termites use their feces to establish their mud tunnels, such as the subterranean termites. Whereas some of the termites do not build mud tunnels and excrete them out of their nests.
These droppings are powdery and brown to black. The brown powdery material near the termite’s nest is the sign of dry wood termite infestation. Because these termites build their nests inside the wood, they are infesting.
Trees in the backyard:
If you have trees in your backyards, then termites can head towards your home. You may have faced the fallen tree in your backyard. Termites can cause the tree to fall as they attack the base of the tree and eat it completely. The fallen tree is the sign that the next victim of these termites is your valuable wooden furniture.
You can confirm the presence of termites on the trees by looking at the base of the trunk. You will see the discarded wings and some dead termites there. This will confirm that the tree has become the food of termites.
Termites are tiny creatures but the enemy of wood. It is necessary to detect the termite’s presence as early as possible, otherwise, they will eat your entire house. Luckily termites leave some of the early signs of an infestation, such as their noise, droppings, and shed wings.
The direct symptom of the termite’s presence is the mud tubes. Subterranean termites formed the mud tubes on the exterior of walls and doors. You can also encounter the flying termites, which is the sign that the new colony is going to establish.
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