Early Signs of Termites

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What are the early signs of termites? Is there any way to recognize the infestation? A termite infestation is caused by many factors that include atmospheric pressure, wind, light intensity, rising temperature, and increased moisture levels. Whatever the causes may be, it is always important to find out the infestation at an early stage to minimize the damage. In this article, we will discuss some signs of termite infestation so that you can address the problem at an early stage.

Early Signs of Termites

So, what are the early signs of termites? You should look out for swarms, mud tubes, discarded wings, uneven paint, hollowed wood and much more.


Swarms are the early stage of the termite infestation. So, what causes termites to swarm? During this stage, they try to form new colonies and come to the notice of the homeowners. You can find swarms both inside and outside of your home.

Mud Tubes

Whenever you notice any mud tube in your home, then you should be sure that there is a termite infestation. Termites create these tubes to travel from one place to another in search of food. These mud tubes create a favorable environment for termites to survive. Also, these are full of moisture and prevent them from drying out. You can notice these mud tubes on your home foundation and damaged wood.

Discarded Wings

This is the first sign of the infestation. Once the colony becomes mature, they will leave the nest and will try to create new colonies. When they do not need their wings, they will shed them. If you notice the piles of wings, then this is the indication of the termite presence in your home. Lights attract the termites and you can notice wings near the windows. If you see wings, then it is better to take the help of professionals to find out the source.

Uneven Paint

Uneven paint might cause a termite infestation. When there is moisture build up on any painting, it might attract termites.

Hollowed Wood

Termites like to eat wood from the inside out causing hollow in the wood. If you find any wood sounding hollow, then that might be the sign of a termite infestation. If you feel something is wrong, check inside thoroughly to avoid any possibility of termites -- especially in your walls. You should always take preventive measures to deter termites to target your home.

Wood Damage

Wood damage is one of the best sources for a termite infestation. If you notice any damage on any wood surface, then check it properly to find out the infestation. Rotted woods offer an invitation to termites. They find moisture-damaged wood more favorable.

Indoor Sightings

As stated earlier, you can find termite swarms both inside and outside of your home. Some flying termites can also come from your foundation cracks or the wood structure. They can even be found in furniture. Any such incident can cause significant damage. The sighting of live termites can warrant immediate attention.

In Conclusion

These are some of the early signs of termites. If you notice any of these signs, take the help of professionals immediately. These tiny creatures can be harmful to your home foundation and structure. They can damage the entire structure without showing any visible signs.


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Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
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Jennifer Stone this is a great reminder for homeowner to look for signs of termites. Thanks for sharing your detailed blog on how to spot trouble area's.

Oct 08, 2019 03:28 AM #1
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