There’s nothing worse than creepy crawlers around the house, and termites are one of the most common house pests in Arizona. They are often able to remain undetected for long periods of time. Whether it’s subterranean termites or dry wood termites, they remain pretty discreet and are usually discovered only after they cause considerable damage. So, how do you recognize a termite infestation? Learn some of the basics with Arizona Termite Specialists or contact our team today to get your property inspected.
- Damaged Wood
Termites attack wood, so it is pretty common to find damage behind and below floors, walls, and the like. It happens because termites chew through the wood, looking for cellulose and hollowing it. Subterranean termites might even cause blisters in wooden flooring, making it appear as though it has water damage.
- Mud Tubes
Termites build shelter tubes, sometimes called mud tubes, to function as a bridge between their colonies and the wood they target. These tubes are usually found wherever your house meets the ground or other sources of wood. The tubes are made of wood, debris, and soil and are meant to protect termite colonies from predators while conserving moisture.
- Discarded Wings
Discarded wings are a telltale sign of the presence of termites. You might find them discarded in places like spider webs, closed doors, window sills, and other home access points. When termites swarm out of their nests to mate and start new colonies, they deliberately twist their wings off since they won’t need them again.
- Termite Droppings
When dry wood termites infest wood, they create galleries to keep themselves clean during tunneling. They kick out holes where they leave their excrement. As termites feed on wood, their excrement is also wood, resulting in mounds of pellets. These pellets appear similar to coffee grounds or sawdust. If you come across such droppings across your property, your house might be under attack.
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While these are a few common signs of termite infestation, this list is not exhaustive. Peeling paint, holes in drywall, loosening tiles, and squeaky floorboards are also common signs of termite attacks. If you want to stay on top of your home maintenance needs, you can always count on our team. Arizona Termite Specialists offers our expertise in dealing with termites via several outlets across Scottsdale, Gilbert, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Mesa, and Peoria.
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