Eek! Termites! What Are The Signs Of An Infestation And What Do You Do?

By: Marilyn Rogers

Eek! Termites! What Are The Signs Of An Infestation And What Do You Do?

Termites are found across Canada and just one colony can be made up of over one million individuals – and they spend 24 hours per day eating.  It’s well-known that termites eat wood, but they also create their homes out of it. Left untouched they can destroy the structural integrity of a home’s frames, structure and floors.  If you have a home in a rural area or a cottage that has a lot of wood components, know the signs.
 
Signs of a termite infestation in your home
 
Weak, cracking wood
 
Termites can affect wood in many different places, from furniture to a home’s actual structure. Damage to this wood can appear insignificant – at least, at first. For example, it can just include small cracks on the exterior of the wood, along the edges or corners. This can lead to wood with larger cracks quite easily, or even wood that caves in.
 
Droppings
 
Termite droppings almost look like sawdust, except with a more granulated appearance. You may see small piles of it near wood or parts of a home with a heavy infestation.
 
Tubes of mud
 
Termites build little tubes out of mud to travel around in, and these are one of the signs of a termite infestation that’s the easiest to spot. These tubes are most commonly seen on concrete foundation running up and down so the termites can travel from the ground to the home. Even if the tubes seem to be empty or unused, you could still have a problem.
 
A termite infestation is an unfortunate and very serious situation. It can even cause dangerous structural damage to your home and render it unlivable, while just the presence of the bugs and additional moisture they generate can lead to mold. Termites are treated with pesticides only available to licensed commercial exterminators, and if termites have chosen your home as their own it’s definitely not a do-it-yourself kind of job.