List: Top 5 Signs of a Termite Infestation

Termite infestations can compromise the structural stability of a home, and cause thousands of dollars in damage, without anyone even knowing. It’s important to get a termite inspection done by a licensed pest professional every one to three years to keep the property safe from termites. However, there are also some red flags signaling the presence of termites that homeowners can keep an eye out for on a regular basis. Here are the top five signs of termite infestation to look out for in your home.

  1. Swarmers or discarded wings

    Swarmers, also known as reproductives, are young female and male winged termites. In the springtime, after the last freeze, termite swarmers will emerge from their nest to mate and search for a new location to start a colony, which typically includes our homes. As such, termite swarmers, or their discarded wings near windowsills and doors, are often the first (and only outwardly visible) sign of a termite problem.
  2. Mud tubes

    Subterranean termites, the most destructive termite species, build mud tubes to provide moisture while they travel between their colony and food source. Mud tubes are most often found near the home’s foundation.
  3. Wood damage

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    Termites tend to eat wood from the inside out, so wood that is soft and sounds hollow when tapped often signifies a termite infestation. Homeowners should also look for dark and blistering pieces of wood.
  4. Cracked or bubbling paint

    Cracked or bubbling paint is often a sign of moisture build up, which could mean one of two things – water damage or termites.
  5. Frass

    Termites produce light, wood-colored droppings as they eat through infested wood. If a homeowner finds a small pile of what looks like sawdust inside or outside the home, it could be a sign of a termite infestation.