The Early Signs of Termites
The truth is many people will not realize they have a termite infestation until it is already well underway. These insects do significant damage, but they do so below the surface at first. However, there are early warning signs that termites are settling into your floors.
Swarmers Near Light – The presence of swarmers, flying termites, is one of the first signs that people see. They tend to fly near light, including around windows. You’ll also likely notice the discarded wings where swarmers have recently congregated.
Mud Leads – On the exterior of the home you may find tunnels made of mud. These are called mud leads, also known as shelter tubes, and they are created by termites as a way to access the home when they can’t tunnel through a material. Look for these around the foundation of the home, on brickwork and on concrete posts.
Water Damage – This is not a definite sign, but water damage does make it easier for termites to chew through wood. They often seek the path of least resistance, which is usually where water damage has occurred. If you’ve seen other signs of termites, check for water damage signs like staining on walls and blistering paint. Also look to see if there are water pipes and plumbing lines that enter or pass through the flooring.
Frass – Typically flooring damage from termites happens from the bottom up, but it is still possible to see frass. This is a small mound of termite fecal matter that looks like wood shavings. Frass is commonly found around walls where exit holes have been created.