Termites are social insects that live in colonies. They are found in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, including parts of the United States. Termites feed on wood and other cellulosic materials, such as paper and cardboard, making them a damaging pest for homeowners.
Termite damage is often not detected until it has caused substantial damage to a structure. Signs of termite activity include swarms (the reproductive forms) emerging from wall voids or damaged wood; mud tunnels leading from the soil up and into cracks or crevices in walls; piles of wings left behind by swarmers; hollowed-out wood; and visible evidence of feeding, such as frass (woody material excreted by termites) and fecal pellets.
To reduce the risk of termite damage, it is important to regularly inspect your home for signs of activity. Repairs should be done immediately if an infestation is detected. Additionally, there are several preventative measures that can help protect against a potential infestation, such as removing sources of wood near the foundation, sealing cracks in walls, and ensuring good drainage around the foundation. If you suspect that you have a termite problem, contact a professional pest control expert who can accurately diagnose and treat the issue. With proper prevention and treatment measures taken, you can protect your home from costly damage caused by these pests.