The termite season typically peak during spring when termites begin to appear in large numbers.

It is important that you are able to recognize the signs of termites as soon as they appear. You can save thousands of dollars by recognizing a termite problem early enough to prevent it from getting out of control.

This article will discuss the most important signs and symptoms of termites that you should be aware of in order to protect your home from these harmful pests.

How do I know if I have termites?

Termites infest approximately 600,000. Homes in the United States each year. They cause structural damage of up to $5 billion and can be costly for homeowners and landlords.

If you are unfortunate enough to become a victim of termite infestation, you could end up spending $8333 to get rid of them and fix the damage they have caused.

How can you tell if termites are on your property?

The 5 warning signs below will help you identify if termites are present in your home. We recommend that you schedule annual inspections to detect termite activity before they cause serious damage to your property or home.

These are five signs to watch out for when you suspect termite infestation :

  • Stuck windows or doors
  • Paint or wallpaper damage
  • Termite swarmer’s and discarded wings
  • Mud tubes
  • Termite droppings

Five Signs that a Termite Infestation is Upon Us

1. Windows and Doors that are stuck

Are you experiencing a problem with your door or window that feels stuck or becomes difficult to open or close? This could be a sign that you have a termite infestation.

Termites are attracted to woody areas like doorframes and windows. As termites begin to eat the wood, they can cause windows and doors to warp. This could make it difficult to open and close properly.

Damage from termites can cause other structural problems, including stuck windows and doors.

Other causes of structural problems can also be involved, such as wood rot and seasonal changes in humidity. To determine if termites are really present, look for termites-infested wood or tunnels containing dry dirt.

2. Paint and wallpaper damage

Termites dig tunnels (called termite gallery) and pin holes (called escape holes) under your walls while they feed on cardboard and wooden paneling.

Sometimes, they don’t bother the wallpaper or paint on the surface. This makes it difficult to see the damage unless the wallpaper or paint is removed. Termite damage is more common during renovations and home repairs.

Termites can also cause unusual appearances on wallpapered or painted surfaces. If you pay attention, you will see signs of termite damage beneath, such as:

  • Small holes where termites have ate through
  • Bubbling paint
  • Wallpapers that are peeling or discolored
  • Buckling wood
  • Sunken or dingy areas
  • Narrow, sunken winding lines

3. Termite Swarmer’s and Discarded Wings

A sign that there is an active termite infestation is termite swarming in a building or house.

Termites have a caste system which includes workers, soldiers, and the swarmer’s. Termite swarmer’s are also known as alates and they are the reproductive members in a termite colony.

You can easily tell them apart by their large, pale-colored wings. They measure approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. When a swarmer leaves a colony to find a mate it sheds its wings.

New York termite swarms are most common in spring.

They appear to be looking for mates and establishing new colonies.

Because swarmer’s are attracted by light, they will often be found near doors and windows. You might also find them near entryways and windowsills.

Many people mistake flying ants for swarmer’s. Although they look similar, termite swarmer’s are more straightened and have two equally-sized pairs and wings. Flying ants, on the other hand, have two smaller wings and have two equally-sized wings and pinched waists.

4. Mud Tubes

Next, look for mud tubes on your property. Mud tubes appear as narrow veins running along your property’s side. These tubes run from the ground to areas of exposed wood.

Termites protect themselves against dryness by using mud tubes. Subterranean termites are the most prevalent type of termites in New York City. They have thin exoskeletons that will dry very quickly. They need to live in a humid environment.

They can safely travel by mud tube from their colony to the food source.

You can check for termites by removing a piece from a mud tube if there are mud tubes. Even if there aren’t any termites found at first, you can check later if the tube is still intact.

Even if you find no signs of termites living in your home and the mud tube has not been repaired, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are safe. It is possible that termites have moved to a different part of your property or home with easier access to their food source.

5. Termite Droppings

Termite activity can also be seen in termite droppings (also known as “frass”). To avoid wood buildup, termites consume the wood and push it out from the colony.

Only dry wood termite frass is visible to the naked eye. These termites are found mostly in southern states. Dry wood termite frass can be seen as wood-colored, pellet-shaped wood dust or shavings.

Subterranean termites, on the other hand, use their droppings for their mud tunnels. You won’t find any dry wood termites frass if you live in New York City, or the northeast.

Warning signs of termites should not be taken lightly as these pests can cause serious and expensive damage to your home. Termite colonies mature in 3 to 5 years. This means that they can cause significant damage to your home over a prolonged period.

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