Signs of Termites in Furniture

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Termites are one of the most common pests that live mainly in wood. You can find them in door frames, foundations and windows in your home without being visible for many years. They can feed on any pieces of wood that you can find in your home, be it skirting boards or furniture. If you think that the termites will be visible, then you are wrong. You need to look for the signs of termites in order to know whether or not they are in your house. Here are some of the signs of termites in furniture that you can notice.

Signs of Termites in Furniture - What to Look Out For 

Some of the signs of termites in furniture include hearing the sound of head banging, noticing flying termites, white ants and more.

Sound of Head Banging

One of the most common signs of termites in your home is the clicking sound that can come from furniture and walls. The soldier termites bang their heads against the wall and shake their body. The worker termites love to eat the wood and they are quite noisy eaters. So, whenever you hear a clicking sound in your house, you must know that it is the termites.

Flying Termites

Usually, you will see the flying termites in your house. This is one of the most preliminary signs of termites present in the house. These flying termites can be both female and male who have left their nest to find a mate for them to establish a new colony. Even if you cannot see a flying termites in your house, look for the discarded wings. This is another common sign of residing termites in your house and in your furniture.

White Ants

One of the common mistakes that people make is by confusing the termites with the white ants. This is a misconception that many people have. Make sure to look for the differences. The termites are usually light in color. They have a creamy color and sometimes they are translucent in nature. The antennas of the termites are completely straight and are not bent. The waist section is also much thicker than that of the ants.

Hollow Sound of Timber

Dry wood termites usually fed on woods from inside out just leaving the paint of the thin veneer of timber. When you will knock or tap on the area, it will make a hollow sound. This is because the portion which is damaged by the termites.

Tight Fitting or Hard to Open Doors & Windows

This is a sign which is related to hot and humid climatic regions. If you are noticing stiff windows that aren’t easy to open along with warped doors it means you have termites at home. The termites produce moisture while they eat and create a tunnel through the window frames and doors. This causes the doors and windows to get warped making it hard for you to open.


So, these are some of the signs of termites in furniture. You have to follow these signs to know whether or not there are termites in your house. Also, look for the tunnels in the woods and termite droppings. These can be some of the major signs of having termites in your house. It is also important to call a professional service to eliminate it from your house as soon as possible.


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Leif Price
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People do have the misconception that white ants are termites. Very infomative post.

Jun 05, 2019 06:50 PM #1
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