Six Key Signs Of Termite Activity Around Your Lewisville Home
One of the biggest threats to Lewisville homes is a tiny insect called the subterranean termite. This itty bitty insect, along with a hundred thousand of its friends, can do a lot of damage to your home, over time, if you let them. That is why it is important that you recognize the signs of subterranean termite activity. Here are the top six signs to look for.
Termite swarmers can be one of the most noticeable signs of a termite infestation. When these tiny, winged reproductives emerge inside your home, they're hard to miss. But you might be tempted to suck them up with a vacuum and call it a day. Why? Because there are many winged insects that can get into your home. If you don't know what a termite swarmer looks like, you won't know it's a termite.
Quick Termite Swarmer Identification
What you will notice most about a swarmer is its wings. The wings of a termite swarmer are twice as long as the insect itself and they extend well beyond the end of its abdomen. These wings are white, rounded at the tips, and stacked on top of each other. While a swarmer is only about ⅜ of an inch in length, the wings make this insect stand out.
What You Should Know Most About Swarmers
If you see termite swarmers inside your Lewisville home, it is a warning sign that you have a heavy infestation. This is because swarmers don't emerge inside unless the nest is close to the home, or inside the home. It also means that termites have been feeding on your home for years. A termite colony doesn't produce swarmers until it has matured. This can take three or more years.
When termite swarmers mate, they shed their wings. This process of swarming and mating happens quickly (in less than 30 minutes). These shed wings may be your only sign that a swarm happened. You can find these wings in many areas on the ground or on floors and window sills. You may also look in spider webs to find wings. Spider webs are like nature's sticky traps.
3. Shelter Tubes
When worker termites come up from the ground to feed on the wood of your home, they create shelter tubes if you don't have any direct wood-to-soil contact. These tubes are made with soil and saliva. They may be as thin as a pen or as thick as several feet if there are many tubes on top of each other.
- Shelter tubes may be found in dark places underneath your home, moist locations around your home, or on hard surfaces within your home.
- Shelter tubes can be created in the voids of walls, inside cement piers, and in other concealed locations.
- Shelter tubes tend to look like lightning bolts, rivers, branches, and other organic patterns. When they are grouped together, they can form a large trunk-like mass.
4. Clicking Noises
When termites sense danger, they bang their heads on their tunnel walls to alert other termites of the threat. This can produce a clicking sound if there are enough termites doing it. If you hear a clicking in your walls, you should have it checked out immediately.
5. Hollow-Sounding Wood
When termites feed on the inside of wood, they slowly hollow it out. If you have timbers in your home that look like they should be thick and sturdy, but they sound hollow when you tap them, you could have termite damage inside those timbers.
In rare cases, termites can do damage that you see. This kind of damage is going to be found in moist locations. The skin of a termite worker is very thin and workers dry out when they are exposed to dry air. This damage may look like a chewed hole or you might see trenches stacked on top of each other. Carpenter ant damage may also look like stacked trenches. You can tell them apart by touching them. Carpenter ant tunnels are smooth to the touch. Subterranean termite tunnels are gritty.
In Lewisville, and throughout our Texas service area, subterranean termites are a serious threat to property. For the best protection, reach out to Adams Exterminating Company for ongoing, always active termite protection. You don't get a second chance to prevent devastating termite damage.