No one wants to deal with a termite infestation, but the unfortunate reality is that these infestations happen, and they’re more common than you might think. Over 600,000 homes in the United States are invaded annually, and Alabama is among one of the most heavily impacted states. So, what are the signs to look out for when it comes to these unwanted visitors? At Pro Shield Pest Control, we’re here to make sure you and your family are safe from these unpleasant pests, so we’ve put together a list of things to look out for.
Although this is a pretty obvious sign, you want to be vigilant and keep an eye out for any damage you may see to your property. Even structural issues such as floors that seem to sag or ceiling damage can be an indication of termites. Termites are known to bore holes into wood structures, so look out for any buckling wood or holes and craters you find around your home.
Termites create mud tubes in order to shield themselves from dry air and predators while they travel. These tubes look like long brown veins along a wall or foundation and are most often found outside. The state in which you find these tubes can even be an indication of how long they have been there. For example, dry and brittle tubes are older while new tubes are moist.
Another common find when termites have invaded your home is the presence of termite droppings. These droppings, also called “frass”, are typically the color of wood and shaped like tiny pellets. Frass is often mistaken for wood shavings, so make sure to take a closer look if you think you may have termites taking over your home or business.
It is not uncommon for termites to shed their wings. As a result, it is not uncommon for infested buildings to have the presence of these shed wings after a mature termite colony has inhabited them. Look out for small, translucent insect wings and give us a call if you see any present, whether it be on a windowsill or wings found caught in spider webs.
While it takes a good set of ears, it’s not impossible to hear the actual swarm in your home. If you find yourself going crazy over a small clicking noise when you place your head against a wall, it is possible that you are dealing with a colony of termites.
If you fear that your home or business has been infested with termites, give your friends at Pro Shield Pest Control a call! You can reach us at (251) 776-2362 for quality pest solutions in Mobile, Alabama.