Warning Signs of a Termite Infestation
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Termites are arguably a homeowner’s worst nightmare. These wood-damaging pests will feed on beams, cabinets, floors, and other wooden elements in your home which can lead to severe structural damage if left unchecked. If you notice any of the following signs that termites are in your home, contact Antworks to help prevent any major damage.
Swarmers are reproductive termites. In the spring, they’ll come out, mate, and shed their wings most often near windows and doors. If you see discarded wings near your home, you may have a termite infestation.
Subterranean termites build mud tubes so they can travel between their food sources and their colony. Termite mud tubes are about the diameter of a pencil.
Termites can easily bore through wood. If you notice damaged wood, tap on it, if it sounds hollow, you could have a termite problem.
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Termite droppings, called “frass” look like small mounds of dark, sawdust. Drywood termites push this frass out of small holes, generally near the entrances to their nest.
It’s not always easy for homeowners to spot a termite, but you may be able to hear them. Termites will bang their heads against the wall when their colony is disturbed. They’re also noisy eaters, making loud clicking noises while munching wood. If you put your ear close to a wall, you may even be able to hear them.
Hard-to-Open Windows and Doors
Hard-to-open windows and doors are another sign of termites. These tiny pests produce moisture when they feed, causing the wood to warp, impacting how the windows and doors function.
In addition to windows and doors, that warping also extends to your flooring. If you have warped or bubbling floorboards, you may want to have your property inspected for termites.
Experts in Termites
Termite infestations are challenging, without the help of a professional. If you’re dealing with termites, contact the skilled team at Antworks. We’ve been serving homeowners throughout the Portland OR and Vancouver WA area with environmentally friendly and effective pest control since 2005.