How to Determine if You Have a Termite Infestation

Termites are small, yet very dangerous insects. Many times they are called the ‘silent destroyers’ because they easily thrive and hide in one’s home yard without any existing signs of destruction. Termites feed on dead trees and plants, and their mouthpieces have a capability of eating up pieces of wood. This capability is great cause for concern to us in our homes. It allows termites to weaken wooden structure and foundations and as a result bringing about great extents of damage. It is advisable, therefore, to call up the pest control service provider once one notices the wood has been eaten up. However, before calling them up it is best to check around the house and establish clearly whether there is a termite infestation and if they are active. There are ways to do this, some of which include

Check out for frass

Frass is an informal word used according to various different situations, most commonly as an alternative to termite droppings. The termite droppings are in little pieces which are pellet-like and look like sawdust. A sign of termite infestation is the presence of such small pellets on the floor or on window sills. Drywood termites excrete in their nests and later on push their faecal pellets out of their nests and as a result they are clearly evident on the floor.

Are there mud tubes and tunnels?

Termites love working and eating while enclosed. Therefore, they will try and delve through an object in their search for water and food. In the event they find burrowing difficult, they create mud tunnels using wood and soil. Mud tunnels, also called mud tubes, are pathways that connect the termites’ nests and the source of food, and serve to offer protection against predators. Mud tunnels located on the outside of structures such as walls, concrete slabs, brickworks and concrete posts are a very big sign that termites have infested one’s home and appropriate measures should be taken to eradicate them.

Looking out for damaged wood

Termites are insects that chew on wood looking for cellulose. By so doing, they leave behind long grooves, which, over time, weaken the wood, causing damage. Therefore, damaged wood is one of the most obvious signs of termite infestation. Wood that has been eaten up in the inside by termites produces a dull, hollow bang when hit by a hammer or a screwdriver and should therefore be checked out. Termites chew through wood and cause too much damage. In extreme cases, damaged wood is evident from the outside as the wood looks completely eaten up.


Like any other living thing, the termites are adapted to protecting themselves and their kind from impending danger. Therefore, when disturbed, the termite soldiers will send signals to the rest of the colony warning them of possible danger to them. They do this by banging their heads against the wood. In some circumstances, these warning signals can be heard in the wooden posts and structures within one’s household.

Discarded wings

Termites intentionally twist out their wings when flying out of their nests to go form a new colony. Presence of discarded swarmer termite wings is indication that termites have begun their next phase of development.

In conclusion, termites are very destructive insects and care should be taken to avoid extensive damage to property, which is ultimately very costly to repair. One should be on the watch for the above signs so as to be able to call up pest control services in good time.

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