Pest Control companies have issued a cautionary notice warning Toronto residents of increased termite activity this spring. While it is considered normal to see a few termites at this time of the year, the numbers are higher than normal this time. And it may be a reason to keep an eye out for potential termite activity in or around your home.
It is estimated that Termite damage costs homeowners $5 billion in the Unites States alone. And a lot of this damage occurs because the homeowner cannot detect the infestation early. Like any pest infestation, if you can spot it early, it can be eliminated quickly before it does a lot of damage.
And with termites, you have very little time because a colony can quickly multiple into thousands and each colony can eat up to 1 KG of wood every hour.
If you suspect a termite infestation, then you must call an Exterminator Toronto right away. And here are five signs that you must watch out for, that indicates termite activity in your home.
1) The Dreaded Hollow Sound:
It is a known fact that Termites eat wood. So, wood damage should be obvious and visible, shouldn’t it? No. Because termites rarely eat wood near the surface where there’s ample light. They like dark and moist places and hence, most termite activity happens inside the wood while it appears smooth on the surface. However, if you tap termite infested wood, then you should feel a hollow tapping sound. If you see wood that has darkened or looks like its softened, then tap it to check.
2) Termite Wings:
Like Bedbugs shed their shells, swarmers or flying reproductive termites shed their wings after mating. In fact, it is these flying termites that are first spotted in homes during spring. If you see a cluster of winged insects or find a bunch of insect wings that you are unaware of, then contact a pest control company to inspect it.
3) Bubbling Paint:
Cracked or bubbling paint on the surface indicates moisture damage. And it can also mean termite activity. You should get it inspected and sorted immediately because moisture can also cause mold buildup which can cause a variety of respiratory problems.
4) Mud Tubes:
Termites build mud tubes to provide them with moisture while they reach a potential food source and travel back to their colonies. Subterranean termites are known to build mud tubes that are as long as 50 feet to reach a source of wood. If you see mud tubes around your foundation, it may indicate termite activity. Time to call a pest control company.
5) Termite Poop:
Termite poop, also called Frass are termite droppings that resembles sawdust. These wood colored droppings are a common sight near a Termite nest.
Your home is your biggest investment and Termites are one of the biggest threats to this investment. If you suspect that your home is being invaded by termites, then call a professional pest management company for an inspection.