Termite damage is very often hidden from view. Your place of residence or work place may be teeming with millions of termites and you may not even know it. Unfortunately for many, the damage is already done before any sign of termite infestation is obvious to the untrained eye. You can prevent expensive repairs and lose due to property damage by taking the time to visually and physically inspecting your work place or residence.
Here are some steps you can take to inspect for termites that will help you know if you have a termite problem or not.
1. Look for termite trails, also known as mud trails. These will look almost like veins coursing over the surface of walls, ceiling, floors and other objects. Termites like a moist and dark habitat, so it is unlikely you will see them out in the open.
2. Test for hollowness of what should be solid wood material. Be careful not to mistake wood that is water damaged and rotten for damage down by tunneling termites.
3. Watch for tiny wings. Termites shed their wings. If the infestation is bad enough you might find piles of numerous wings.
4. Check for mud-like substances on wooden structures. This is fecal and dirt residue from termite infestation. Another sign to check for is sawdust-like substances.
5. Scan for discoloration, surface anomalies and imperfections on wood structure. Wood surface often discolor when damaged by termites. Paint will appear blistered if termites are dwelling underneath. Small holes and crack will also appear when termites burrow and eat their way through wood.
6. Examine for actual termites. They are ant-like in appearance, with or without wings. Depending on the species they generally vary in shades of white, yellow, brown and black. The common places for finding actual termites will be in moist, dark areas such as: attics and basements, and in cabinets and closets.
If you discover that you have a termite infestation don’t put off addressing the problem. Termite damage is generally quick and extensive. It would be prudent to get a professional pest control service to come and treat your home. Depending on how much damage you have you may have to have repair done to both safety and cosmetic purposes.
If you choose to do your own termite extermination be sure you carefully follow the directions on the pesticide and take extra precautions by wearing safety protection as well.