Warning Signs You Have a Termite Infestation in Your Home

Termites cause massive damage to the infrastructure of homes in Suffolk County. If you start to notice their signs, it may be time to call for termite control in Suffolk County.

Termites are extremely hard to locate. Most homeowners find them when a great deal of damage has already been done to their property. They feed on softwood, and nest in dark places inside your home. Professional help in the form of a termite exterminator is the best way to prevent these pests from wreaking havoc on your property.

Despite termites ability to evade the watchful eye of humans, some signs may help expose it. If you experience any of these signs in your residence, seek the help of a professional termite exterminator at the earliest to prevent further costly damage to your home. Here are signs of a termite infestation:

  • Clicking Sounds As a Result of Head Banging

Yes, termites constantly bang their heads. This results in a quiet clicking sound. Soldier termites have a tendency to hit their heads against the wood they’re feeding on. They also shake their bodies to alert the colony of danger. Worker termites produce the loudest sound while feasting on wood. If you want to hear these sounds clearly, just place your ear against a wood-infested wall.

  • Discarded Wings of Flying Termites

Flying termites (swarmers) are the more visible sign of a termite infestation. They leave the nest to find a mate and lay the groundwork for a new colony. Some flying termites carry out their activities at night and are attracted to bright lights. Others show themselves during the day while all dry wood termites will come out to swarm after heavy rainfall.

Shortly after mating flying termites discard their wings. They form a mutualistic association with their mate and crawl to a suitable nesting spot. Here they begin to establish a new colony.

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swarm of winged termites on the ground

Winged Termites

If you find discarded wings lying around your home, you have a high possibility to have multiple termite nests.

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  • Hollow-Sounding Wood

Dry wood termites start eating wood from the inside first. If you tap on termite damaged wood, you will hear a hollow sound. It will sound almost like an echo.

  • Galleries Inside Wood

Spotting tunnels (galleries) inside wood is obviously not that easy. However, if you find a broken piece of lying around, and it has distinct tunnels, then it is evident termites are hiding somewhere in your home. Equipment such as borescopes, microwaves, and X-rays, have been used to detect these tunnels. But only a few have found their application in domestic settings.

  • Black Droppings

Termite droppings are known as frass and are another huge giveaway of an infestation. Dry wood termites throw their feces out of small openings from the entrance of their nest. This will leave black stains and a dark, papery substance. They are small and difficult to spot. But if you do manage to spot them, it is a sure sign of a termite infestation.

  • Termite Activity in Your Neighborhood

If your neighbor is having a termite colony treated there is a high possibility that termites will head your way. They can quickly spread into your home in no time. This especially true if they are under attack in your neighbors home. They will need to relocate nearby. Swarmers can just fly towards nearby homes to establish new colonies.

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Termites are capable of building a network of mud tunnels to migrate to other locations.

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Neglecting signs of a termite infestation can be very costly in the long run. They will only cause more damage and become more difficult to eradicate. It is always best to contact a professional termite exterminator in Suffolk County to have your house inspected. A professional inspection can help to catch an infestation before it grows out of hand.***

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