Termites feed on cellulose, which is mainly found in wood. Due to this fact, termite infestation mostly exists in items and structures that are made from wood products or wood. These structures range from supports and beams that support property to movable and mobile furniture. In select scenarios, termites have attacked books when they have been left in a property for too long. How then do you establish that termites you have a termite invasion your property?
1. Flying Termites
An initial signal that termites are lurking around is the presence of swarmers or flying termites as they are commonly known. These are adult termites that go out to hunting for a mating partner to build a new colony. Swarmers move at any time with some doing so at night when the lights are on. Others swarm just after the rains when it’s their mating season.
The occurrence of termite wings is another indicator that termites are close. This is necessitated by the fact that termites discard their wings once they find a mating partner. When the two termites come together, they find a convenient mating and create a new colony. The parent termites look after the young termites up until when they can take their role as workers.
2. Papery Timber
Dry wood termites devour the structure starting on the inside; they leave the wood hollow with only a thin cover on it. Wood, that is termite infested, sounds hollow when you tap on it. This hollow effect can lead to accidents as a structural beam can crash since they can no longer hold the property efficiently.
3. Head Banging
Termite soldiers pound against the inside walls of the infested wood; also, they vibrate their bodies whenever feel threatened to relay the message worker termites. The reason why they warn the worker termites is because the workers fully concentrate on their munching to detect any threat coming their way. When you listen carefully or place your ear where you suspect that termites have infested, you will pick out the munching sound.
4. White Ants
Most people cannot distinguish termites from white ants, thus end up ignoring the fact that termites have invaded their property. There are several differences that distinguish ants from termites and they include the following.
- Termites are light in colour where they sometimes seem to be translucent.
- They both have wings. The distinguishable difference is that termite wings are all equal in size but ants have a set that is slightly bigger.
- Ants have bent antennae while termites’ have straight ones.
- Termites have a thick waist section while ants have a narrow waist.
To sum it all up, white ants do not exist; what you saw and think is a white ant is in reality a termite.
5. Termite Droppings
Frass or termite droppings are another indicator that your property has termites. When carrying out termite inspection, the presence of frass is a clear sign of a termite invasion. In conclusion, if you identify any of the above signs in your premises, get in touch with a pest control service. They will carry out a thorough termite inspection who will advise you accordingly. Do not ignore them as termites can set you back in finances when you have to repair the damage they cause.