6 Signs of Termite Infestation

Termite season is upon the Tucson area. Although the threat of termite infestation is always present, it’s especially common during the combined wet and heat of late summer in the desert. Termites thrive in that environment (which is why they’re so much more of a threat in the tropics).

The trick to successfully minimizing termite damage is to spot the infestation early. Only a trained professional can really tell if what you think is a termite incursion is actually a dangerous termite situation…but the earlier you call him in to check, the less entrenched the bugs will be. This saves you money in two ways. You’ll have fewer termites to kill, meaning a smaller pest control bill, and the damage they do to your house will be lower with each earlier week.


Termite Infestation Signs

Here are the top 6 early termite infestation signs.

  1. Wood Damage leaving the grain intact. Lots of things can damage wood, but termites eat just the cellulose in wood. If you spot damage in that distinctive pattern that follows the grain like tunnels in a mine, that’s a good sign you have termites.
  2. Discarded Wings. Losing their wings is part of the life cycle for mature termites, and termite colonies often lose those wings all at once. Look for piles of insect wings without attached insects, either on the ground, on window sills, near your house’s foundation, or on window sills.
  3. Mud Tubes– thin tubes made of soil, debris and wood, running between two sheltered points on your property. Termites build them to bridge exposed areas between parts of their nest and areas where they forage for food.
  4. Droppings — also called frass — appear in piles near the entrance to the nest, or the entrance to burrowing tunnels. The stuff is wood-colored, and about the size and consistency of a pepper ground. Animal poop is one of the most reliable indicators that a certain type of animal is in the area. Frass is no exception.
  5. Swarmers are reproductive termite types which fly to new areas to start new colonies. Look for groups of insects that look like winged ants, and pay attention to where they come from. If they’re coming from your house, you know where their home colony is. If they’re coming from outside, they might start a new colony on your property.
  6. Hollow or Rotten Wood. Termites burrow beneath the surface, doing damage before you notice they’re there. If you notice wood in your home feeling springy, or hollow, or rotten, it’s time to call the inspectors. Even if the damage isn’t from termites, you’ll want to know what’s causing it and how to fix it.

One of the above termite infestation signs might not be enough for you to call us, but pick up the phone if you spot two or three or more. We’ll send out one of our trained, professional exterminators to follow the signs to where termites like to nest. He’ll tell you what’s going on, what needs to be done, and how much it costs on the spot. Our free estimates are how we help you make the best informed decision about protecting your home

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