If you see these signs in your house, you may have termites
- Sawdust-like piles near wood surfaces or elongated, pellet-shaped droppings.
- Dirt or mud-like tubes or trails on outside walls, wooden beams or in crawl spaces. The mud tubes are typically about the diameter of a pencil, but sometimes can be thicker.
- Darkening or blistering of wooden structural members (like windowsills). Wood in damaged areas is typically thin, may sound hollow, and easily punctured with a knife or screwdriver.
- Swarming winged insects inside the structure, especially in the spring or fall. Swarms of termites emerging from trees stumps, woodpiles, and other locations in the yard do not necessarily mean the house is infested. However, if winged termites are seen emerging from the base of a foundation wall or adjoining porches and patios, there’s a good chance the house is also infested.
- People often confuse winged termites with ants which may swarm at the same time of year. Termites have straight antennae, uniform waists and wings of equal size. Ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists and forewings that are longer than the hind wings.” Information retrieved from: http://www.pestboard.ca.gov/forms/termites.pdf
This type of termites is usually seen in Montana, California, Texas, and Washington. They live in wood that has high moister condition. Usually dampwood termites don’t establish colonies instead they form families of 13 to 20 members, but they can create several number of sub-families.
This type of termites lives establishing colonies in wood. They feed on the wood and drop fecal pellets.” They extract water from the wood on which they feed, and also produce water internally during the digestive process. They require as little as 2.5 to 3 percent moisture, but prefer wood with 10 percent moisture content. Drywood termites often establish nests in roof materials and wooden wall supports accessed under eaves. However, despite being capable of surviving on low wood moisture they are also found in wood associated with a water source such as a leaky pipe or water heater. Dead wood accumulating around buildings and homes often serves as a source of infestation.” Information retrieved from: http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/insects/az1232/
This is the most common termites found in the United States. They establish colonies in wood as drywood termites do, but subterraneas termites live underground, and they will enter structures using mud tubes.
This is a moisture infection condition in wood that reduces the strength of the wood.