Dustin Pest Control, based in Fresno, California, provides termite control for residential and commercial customers.
When Drywood termites move into your home, you may not actually see them because they often live inside wood or underground. Termites can be described as cryptobiotic because their activities are hidden from view. Although their cryptobiotic behavior is sneaky, termites often leave clues of their infestation. Here are some common warning signs of termites being present in your residence.
When termites leave their nest, they shed their wings. This can lead to an accumulation of wings on your window sills inside, or in spider webs outside. The wings look a lot like fish scales and they tend to shed them in piles.
Termites build tubes out of dirt to live in and travel through. The tubes are brown, dry and usually located near the foundation of a building or home. The tubes are about the size of a pencil. You can test these mud tubes to see if they are still active by removing a small portion and looking for activity within a few days. If the termites are present, they will rebuild that part of the tube.
This one may seem obvious, but wood damage cannot always be seen on the outside. Walls will begin to sag, resembling what you might think is water damage. This is because of the interior damage to the wood you can’t see. Pay close attention to the wood of attached porches or patios on your home for Drywood termite damage.
Drywood Termite Droppings
The professional term for these droppings is called frass. These piles of frass will likely form near their infestation. Remember that they can get into your home through any crack or small space, including an outdoor fuse box or utility connections. Check those places of your home if you are suspicious of termites. Drywood Termites do not build dirt tubes so look for pellets or swarmer wings. If you happen to see a Drywood swarmer it has a reddish tint to the body.
Termites tend to fly in swarms, often after a rainy, warm day in the Spring and FALL. The swarms look very similar to flying ants, but have distinctive differences. You probably do not need to be concerned if you see these pests flying outside your home, but it is a sign of infestation if you find them in places inside your home such as the basement or attic.
Just because you do not see the termites, does not mean they are not there. It is extremely important to find these pests before they do costly damage to your home or business structure. Fortunately, termites work slowly, so just because you find a sign of them does not mean the damage is extreme. Contact a termite technician as soon as you suspect a termite infestation in your home!