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Warning Signs of Termites

Termites are small insects, but they can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home or property. Homeowners often know about the dangers of termites but may not be aware of the warning signs of termite activity. If you see any of the following in your home, you may have a termite infestation.

Hollow Sounding Wood
Most termite species prefer dark environments. Because of this, termites are more likely to be active on the inside of wood rather than the top surface. Even when termites are active the top surface of the wood may still appear normal. If the wood sounds hollow when you tap on it, termites may be eating your wood structure from the inside out.

Discarded Wings
As mature termites leave the nest to form new colonies they may swarm either inside or outside of buildings. Piles of discarded wings are evidence of swarming termites. You might notice wings caught in spider webs or see a pile of wings on the windowsill. Termites usually swarm in the fall and in the spring. Not all swarming insects are termites, however. If you find swarming insects, try to capture a few in a jar to show your professional exterminator for proper identification.

Mud Tubes
Subterranean termites often build mud tunnels along the outside of buildings to form a bridge between the colony and the wood they are using as a food source. These tunnels protect the termites from predators and dehydration

Termite Droppings
Some people mistakenly believe that piles of sawdust are evidence of termite activity. Termites do not typically leave piles of sawdust, but they may leave piles of termite droppings called frass. Small mounds of frass may indicate a termite infestation. These droppings are usually the color of the wood on which the termites are eating.

If you are concerned about a possible termite infestation in your home or business, your best option is to call a professional exterminator. Professional exterminators can inspect your property, correctly identify your insect problem, and provide a safe solution to thoroughly handle your insect infestation. Tiger Termite and Pest Control offers both local and whole house extermination solutions. Call Tiger Termite at (909) 597-6953 for a free estimate.

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