Signs of Termite Colonies, Invading Your Home

Identify the Signs of Termite Colonies In Your Home:
As a homeowner you should be able to identify signs of termite colonies and tell the difference between termites and ants.

To avoid confusing a termite with an ant, remember that termites have less curved bodies and no waist with short antenna and wings that are the same length while ants have a more defined waist with longer antenna and different sized wings.
Since termites are rarely seen out in the open because of their predisposition to remaining hidden, it is important to be able to spot signs of termite colonies before they have a chance to do major damage to your home.

The two main types of termites that typically invade homes are drywood and subterranean termites.
Although drywood termites are not as common as subterranean termites, the fact that they can cause extensive damage before their presence is detected is a reason for concern. Drywood termites are prevalent in the southern areas where the temperatures seldom reach freezing. They are difficult to detect because they require little water and seldom need to venture outside of a structure once they have infested it.

One of the first signs of drywood termite infestation is the existence of frass, which are fecal pellets composed of the waste from the wood they have eaten. Frass are visible as bits of tubular sawdust. If one sweeps up the bits only to find they have reappeared a couple of weeks later then it is fairly certain there is an active colony somewhere near. Another way to know if you have drywood termites is to observe their swarm around indoor lighting or near windows in the springtime months or their discarded wings once the swarm is over.

Subterranean termite infestations while more common, are easier to detect because these termites require moisture. They must have continuous access to the ground in order to meet their needs unless an indoor source of moisture, such as from leaky pipes is available. One of the signs of subterranean termite infestation is the existence of muddy looking tubes originating from the ground and found along concrete foundations or other outside surfaces. These tubes conceal and protect them on their foraging expeditions.
Subterranean termites also swarm just as drywood termites do during the spring months. If the swarm is unnoticed it will still yield at least a few wings that will be visible as evidence. There is hope when using termite control methods, you can rid yourself of these unwanted creatures.

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About Magdalene

Magdalene Ferris is a stay at home mom who has a (possibly slightly annoying) habit of redecorating the house every two weeks. She really enjoys redecorating, but since her family tends to get a bit irritated at having the furniture re-arranged and replaced all the time, she has decided to focus on writing about home improvement and interior design instead.

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