Do you have Termites? Here’s how to Tell

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You probably associate swarming winged termites with warmer months such as during the spring and summer, but that does not mean they are only active during that time. Spotting these winged insects around your home could point to the signs of an infestation that could otherwise go unnoticed for years until the wood damage is so severe that it leads to catastrophic damage to your home. Although this time of year you may not see termites swarming, keep an eye out for signs that you may have an underlying termite infestation.

Live Termites

Termites resemble large ants with shorter legs. They may even look like larva or maggots in wood. Winged termites are often mistaken for winged ants, so be sure that you know the difference. Termites have antennae that are straight, resembling strings of beads – if you were to view it under magnification. Ants, on the other hand, have antennae with a joint. Termites have a plump and thick waist, while ants are more of a cinched-like narrow waist. Both termites and ants have four wings, but termite wings are all the same size.

Shed Wings

Once termites mate, they shed their wings and look for a permanent home. Therefore, if you spot piles of wings inside or around your home, this could be a sign that you have termites.

Mud Tubes

Termites build mud tubes to keep their bodies from drying out. The moisture in the mud protects them. If you find mud tubes that are vacant, this could mean your home once had a termite infestation. Furthermore, it also indicates your home is the perfect place for termites to call home, and an infestation could reoccur. If this is the case, take action now to prevent the termites from returning to destroy your home when you least expect it. Keep water runoff directed away from your home, remove old tree stumps and wood debris from your lawn, among other things that attract termites.

Moist Wood

When wood contains 20% or more moisture content, it can sustain the growth of fungi and wood-destroying termites. Fungi may seem harmless, but it can even damage the integrity of your home’s structure. If your crawlspace remains damp or lacks proper ventilation, it can be the perfect condition for termites. You will also want to make sure you keep any structural wood as dry as possible, so any leaks around your home could eventually, once the wood becomes damaged, attract termites.

Damage to your home

If you begin to notice any wood damage to your floors, ceilings or walls, especially if the wood is sagging, this could be a sign that you have termites. You may also notice sawdust around areas heavily infested with termites. If you notice any of these issues, have your home inspected for termites immediately before it is too late!

Termite Inspection in Nashville

If you are in need of pest control services or a termite inspection, call Ameri Care Services today at (615) 893-7111 for an appointment. We gladly serve homes and businesses in the Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Mt. Juliet, Tennessee areas.