National Canadian pest management authorities, every single year, recommend or advise people to beware of a termite infestation. In Canada, specifically in the southern portions along the coast, the problem has been rampant for years, and doesn’t show any signs of slowing anytime soon. Termites, particularly the subterranean strain, thrive in Canadian climates, especially cities like Toronto or Ottawa.
In case hosting little pests in your home isn’t gross enough, termites work their way through the structural support of your home and basement, one little bite at a time. With both dry wood termites and subterranean termites, these are some resilient pests that will happily check up your home.
Here are 5 ways to check if your home is overrun by termites:
1. Termite Shelter Tubes
These structures are made of clay-like materials, and are usually brown in color. If termites are going to come in and out of your home freely, they need to have their transportation tubes in place. These are tubes they have carefully made, dark in color to protect them from predators while also providing a dark and humid environment for them to thrive in. You can find these leading into your home from the outside.
Termites need to defecate, too. Termite droppings look like tiny wood colored pellets that can be found around your home.
3. Earth Packing: If you see a mud-like substance produced by termites working on wood, that’s a sign of their presence. These earth packing can be seen near foundation walls and joints, caused by both the subterranean and dry wood termites.
4. Termite Noise
Termites make noise that you can actually hear. Termites often hollow out wood, leaving only a thin upper layer intact. If there’s a really heavy infestation going on, an audible tapping noise can be detected. This sound comes when the soldier termites tap their heads onto the wood, signaling for the rest of the colony to keep moving.
Termites have to shed their wings every so often. And yes, they can fly. If you see termite wings around your home, it’s definitely the sign of a sizeable infestation. While the subterranean strain swarm during the springtime season, this isn’t necessarily the case for their dry wood counterparts. If you see some termite wings, it’s definitely time to call in a professional.
Do Not Take Termite Infestations Lightly
If not for your health and safety, termite infestations can threaten the stability and integrity of your home. If left untreated, can topple entire homes from the bottom-up. Here at DM Extermination, we recommend that you call us immediately if you have even an inkling of a termite infestation. Calling us is an investment in the future of your home and your family’s health, preventing further damage that could make your home unlivable. Do not take termite infestations lightly. Call us today (514) 331-3515.