How to Know If You Have Termites

Termites can be an absolute nuisance in the home. Known to devour wood and furniture, these pesky insects can proliferate and cost you thousands of dollars in damages if left unchecked. 

If you know the surefire signs of termites in the home, you can stop these insects before they wreak major damage. 

Blistered wood. If you have wood flooring and furniture, and you notice that the wood is blistering, it can be a sign of a termite infestation. 

Hollow wood. Termites eat through wood as they are searching for cellulose. This results in long grooves in the wood, which over time compromises the structure of the wood. Hollow wood typically has a honeycomb interior, and it’ll have an empty sound if you knock on it. 

Droppings. While they’re eating through wood, they create holes in the wood to remove their waste. Typically, you’ll notice a small pile of excrement under the hole. If you see a pile of pellet-shaped feces underneath a hole, it’s a sure sign of a termite infestation. 

Discarded wings. After termites mate, they discard their wings and they form a new colony. These wings are usually found on floors, furniture, windowsills, door frames, and air vents. 

Clicking sounds. When termites munch on wood, they make a distinctive clicking noise. If you put your ear to a wall and hear this noise, you possibly have termites in the home.

If you’ve seen these signs, handle it before it gets out of control. Contact 1st Stryke today to have our exterminators rid your home of these insects.