Termites are one of the biggest pest problems in Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, it is rare to see termites themselves, making it hard to know you have a problem until damage has been caused. While homeowners likely won’t notice termites, they can possibly notice the evidence of their activity. By knowing how to recognize the signs you may have termites, you can better protect your property from a full-blown infestation. The termite pros at Rentokil formerly Oliver Exterminating are here to share all you need to know about the signs of termites in or near your home.
Most Common Signs of Termites
- Termite swarms. Every year, reproductive termites (also known as alates and swarmers) will leave their colony to mate and form new ones. Swarmer termites are frequently mistaken for other flying insects, especially carpenter ants. Seeing winged termites in the spring or summer months is a common sign of termites spreading.
- Piles of shed wings. After they swarm, the reproductive termites no longer need their wings. So, they will shed them! Termite wings are all the same size and translucent in color. After being shed, they can often appear in a pile together.
- Termite droppings. As they tunnel through dry wood as well as when they swarm, drywood termites create kick-out holes in the wood. This is when their droppings, also known as frass, can be found. Termite frass most closely resembles sawdust or coffee grounds and can appear in groups.
- Mud tubes. Subterranean termites nest underground but use mud tubes to travel. These pencil-sized tubes protect the termites from outdoor elements as it blocks out cool, dry air. Seeing mud tubes along the outside of your property is likely the number one sign of termites.
- Termite damage. Seeing damage caused by termites is indicative of a serious infestation. Damage most frequently appears in wood around the home. Common damage includes unexplained cracks on walls, beams, and rafters. It can cause sagging wood in your floors, as well as hollow-sounding wood. Sometimes wood damage can lead to weakened baseboards and floorboards.
Think You Have a Termite Problem?
As soon as you spot any of the above signs of termites, it’s time to call in the experts. A trained termite technician knows exactly where to look for termites and can help identify potential problems. To learn more about termites here in Puerto Rico, give the termite exterminators at Rentokil a call today.