In most parts of the country, termites are an inevitable problem most homeowners will face in their lives. Like all infestations, subterranean termite infestations start small. After a short period of time, when left unchecked, a small population can sky rocket into a full blown epidemic. Being able to identify termite infestation indicators will help you stop them dead in their tracks. Below is your guide to subterranean termite infestation. Make yourself familiar with the signs to keep your termite control costs down.

Mud Tunnels

Mud tunnels are the most common indicator of subterranean termite activity. Termites use these mud tunnels to move between their underground homes to the wood they consume. Termites do not like being exposed to light and need a moist environment to thrive. They build these mud tunnels by using a combination of soil, wood and debris. The tunnels themselves are quite small and are often hidden.

Mud tunnels are commonly found along the foundation of homes. If termites have made their way into your home, they will build these tunnels where it is dark and cool. Check inside closets, above doorways, behind curtains and in dark corners. A termite's main objective is to remain hidden, so they will keep their tunnels out of sight as best as possible.

Wing Sheds

As part of a thriving colony, a certain number of 'swarmers' will leave the nest during the spring and fall to create their own colony. Swarmers are drawn out of their nests because they are attracted to light. Luckily, most of these termites never make it to a new colony. They are drawn to light, like a windowsill or light fixture, and lose their wings before they are able to make it back into the ground to begin their own colony.

If you find discarded, transparent, narrow wings that have a light tan lining around them, you have an infestation. While the population may take a hit during swarming season, don't be fooled. Wherever the termite nest is in your home, it is thriving.

Obvious Damage

Where there are termites, there is damage. A termite infestation will lead to the following problems:

  1. Paint distortion
  2. Buckling wood
  3. Swollen flooring
  4. Swollen ceilings
  5. Hollow sounding wood

Termites start from the inside out. So if you start to notice external signs of damage, you can be sure that termites are alive and well within the damaged area.

Stopping termites is best left to professionals such as Fowler Pest Control. Termite control companies are trained to identify the extent of the damage as well as the size of the termite nest that has invaded your property. Don't surrender your home to these wood obsessed insects. Stop them in their tracks with immediate action by a trained professional.