How To Spot Termite Infestation

By Subodh / June 6, 2013

It is likely that every house-owner entertains a certain degree of concern over whether or not his house is infested by termites. The thought of your precious wooden beams and floors being eaten away by these small devils is a dark one indeed. It is estimated that approximately 2 billion dollars are spent annually in the United States in order to defend homes from these voracious wood-eating winged insects.

But as much as you hate termites, the truth is that humans are as destructive as they are. Just think about it this way: Yes, it is true that termites can beak down a house in a matter of months, but we are as much to blame as they are. We take down miles and miles of forests to satisfy our needs and build houses. Termites play an important role in maintaining an ecosystem, because they chop of unnecessary wood, and make enough space for other trees to start growing. Because humans have destroyed so many acres of precious „food”, that it seems only natural that they have come to your home to feast. But how do you know if your sanctuary is being eaten away by angry termites?

Signs of Termite Infestation

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Assuming that termites are your enemies, you should know them very well before proceeding further. You should know from the start that these insects live in a structured society. Kings and queens are at the top of the chain, and there there are reproductives, soldiers and workers. Much like honey bees, winged termites which are capable of reproduction, will at some point leave the nest in search of a new turf. Swarms are the first sign that your house might be infested. I advise you to make a termite bond if you live in termite friendly areas.

Anyway, once they find a new turf, the ville little insects will bore into the soil or wood and start mating. When they are done mating, they will let the children take care of them, and like every being on the planet, once you eat you also have to poop. Excrement are the second sign of termite infestation. You should know that termites are extremely fragile creatures, which require water. The third sign of termite infestation is mud tubes. If you want to estimate the amount of damage that termites have done, follow the mud tube, and if it ends in a structural beam, push a screw driver through it. If it goes in easily, it means that termites have already hollowed the inside of the wooden beam.

At this point you should call an exterminator, and also estimate the structural damages. It is in these cases that a termite bond is necessary, because it means that you will be covered.