Termites Can Do Damage Without You Knowing
Finding termite damage can sometimes be difficult, as termites can eat wood from the inside out. Until the wood fails, it can be a challenge to tell that termites are inside of it, chewing away day in and day out. And they’re not picky about the wood they eat, either. They’ll eat foundation supports, walls, furniture, roof beams – any wood that’s near a source of moisture is on the menu.
Drywood Termite Frass
Frass is the sawdust and waste mixture that drywood termites create as they’re tunneling through wood. This waste must go somewhere, so they kick it out of the nearest hole. If you see a pile of sawdust near the wood in your home, look above the pile. If you notice small, irregularly shaped holes in the wood, it’s a sign that termites have moved in. Of course, there are other things that could explain the sawdust, so if you are unsure, please consult a Florida termite control company for expert advice.
During their reproductive cycle, termites fly around in swarms and look for mates so they can establish a new colony. If you notice a swarm near your home, it’s likely that they’ve hatched from nearby. Once they’re done mating, they’ll return to chewing on your woodwork. Flying termites can look a lot like flying ants. If possible, catch one of the suspected termites and have it analyzed by a Florida termite control professional.
Subterranean Termite Mud Tubes
Subterranean Termites travel along walls via mud tubes. Termites like to keep their tunnels very damp and don’t like to travel across open ground.
To this end, termites build mud tubes to cross from one series of tunnels to the next. If you look around the foundation of your home, you may see narrow dirt tubes running from the ground up under the siding. You can break open one of the tunnels and see if it’s rebuilt in a few days. If it is, that tunnel is active.
If not, it doesn’t mean you don’t have termites, it just means they aren’t currently using that tube. They may have found other, easier ways into your Florida home.
Soft or Cracked Wood
Unfortunately, this is how most homeowners discover an infestation. You may notice peeling paint or cracks in the surface of your wood. Upon further examination, the wood simply falls apart in your hands. The termites have destroyed the wood from the inside out, leaving only a thin, fragile shell.
At this point, the termites have moved on to other wooden structures in your home, and you’re stuck replacing what they’ve already destroyed. With an infestation of this magnitude, you probably won’t be able to remedy the problem on your own. A Florida termite technician can get your house on a treatment program that will eliminate the entire infestation.
Professional Termite Control in South Florida
Over time, termite colonies can bring down buildings – costing you precious time and money when replacing damaged structures. While they aren’t always fast, termites can be relentless. A single colony can number over one million, all chewing away at your home 24/7. Store bought treatments aren’t strong enough to take out a large infestation, either. You’ll just drive them to another part of your house. At Nozzle Nolen, we have the tools and expertise to get rid of the entire colony and keep them from coming back. Contact us today to schedule your inspection.