With the commencement of spring season, all of us feel a joy of happiness but how many of us know that this is the ideal period when different pests, termites, bedbugs and rodents may sneak into our home secretly and start to build up nests. Among all the pests found, termites are the most destructive pests as other pests operate above the ground but termite ants operate by burrowing into wood, basement foundation and areas unnoticeable to one’s eye.
Termites are called silent destroyers because they may enter your house and tear up your home without you being able to point out the potential point of entry.
Although pest infestation in home or surrounding areas is little hard to identify, there are a number of possible signs of pest infestations which shows evidence or presence of termites and pests nearby and whether your home is infested or not .More the size of invasion, the more costlier affair it would be to repair the home.
Let us find out some of the early warnings of termites infestation at home:
- Termite shelter tubes: These are long narrow tubes made of clay texture which helps storing food, protecting termites from hunters and humid temperature.
- Pest droppings or frass: Termite droppings commonly referred to as frass, are small bits resembling wood sawdust mostly found in and around the home near the entry of the termites are the clear signs of ongoing termite activity in your home.
- Incidence of discarded wings:When Subterranean termites during the spring swarm to find a new shelter to mate with its pair, after mating they shed off their wings which may be seen scattered in and around home.
- Termite holes: Termites can invade your home by drilling tiny holes and burrowing into the wood.
- Mud tunnels: Known as mud tubes can be seen along the wall, concrete structures,slabs, ceiling, and tree trunk.These mud tunnels serve protection to the termite colony from predators or unfavourable weather.
- Nests: Termite nests are hard to detect as they make arboreal nests in the hollow tree trunk, cabinets, kitchen usages which shows that your home is at risk of termite infestation.
- Damaged wood: Dry wood termites build mud tunnel along the wood and feed on wooden material containing cellulose .as they eat up the wood from inside, the wood produces thudding sound when tapped.
- Noise: Sometimes you can make out the presence of termites in your home by carefully listening to the strange thudding sound which comes from inside the wood when the soldier termite bang their heads on the wood to send warnings to the worker termites when they feel threatened by external forces.
- Breeding Ground: Termites usually dwell their nests in hot and humid climate favouring their mating capacity. Check for hanging electrical wiring, piling up of garbage outside home, trees and shrubs growing along the roof. If your building is near stagnant water body, immediately evaluate for infestation.
- Ant Hills: Ant hills are small tiny entrances made of earthen clay and soil with a tiny hole on the top from where ants come in and out can be seen along a wooden structure, fencing a building, crawl spaces are the signs of pest infestation.
Early discovery of these signs of termite infestation can help you save huge cost of recovery of home. Your home is the biggest investment and you certainly would not want any creepy creatures to gain access to your home.
Here are some prevention tips that you can follow to prevent pest infestation in your home and outside.
- Annual periodical termite inspection of home by Certified Pest Control Exterminators who look for signs of mud tubes, cracked wood, cracked paints, openings in concrete foundation, walls and doors.
- Apply fresh coat of paint and sealing of holes in exposed wood, plumbing lines.
- Remove firewood or wood ruminants, debris, and sawdust lying unattended outside your home.
- Mend all cracks in joints, wood, cement foundation, crawl spaces, and gutter in your home.
- Subterranean termites move through soil to get inside home so a minimum of 18 inches is to be maintained between the wood and the ground to form a barrier to entry.