Got Poop? How to Tell If You Have a Termite Infestation

Termite damage

Don’t let termite damage get this bad! Credit: Chris Baranski, Flickr

Termites are small, quiet, and love to hide inside your walls, floors, ceilings, and attic. Subterranean termite colonies can include thousands of termites as compared to a drywood termite colony of several hundred.  It can be surprisingly hard to know if they are inside your house eating your walls for dinner.

How to Know if You Have Termites

Subterranean termites do leave several little hints of their presence, and if you know what to look for you may be able to spot an infestation before it does too much damage. Here are just a few clues that you might have termites:

  • Mud Tubes: Subterranean termites are known to build little mud tubes that let them travel without being seen. If you see these on your property, it’s only a matter of time before the termites reach your home.
  • Termite Wings: Termites go through a “swarm phase” where winged termites leave the colony to start new colonies. These are the times when you are most likely to see termites out in the open. If you notice small flying insects that kind of look like flying ants, they may actually be termites. Termites shed their wings at the end of swarm season, so another good way to find termites is to look for tiny, translucent wings on your floor or window sills.
  • Sagging Wood: If termites are chewing away in your home, the wood they are feasting on will begin to sag, almost as if it had water damage. As soon as you see this and eliminate the possibility of water damage, call a termite inspector to investigate.

And Then There’s the Poop…

Drywood termites leave their poop. One way to search for signs of drywood termites in your home is to go hunting for termite poop. Really. Termite waste, can look like dust, pellets, salt, or powder. You may find small piles on your floor or window sill. This is because worker termites will actually push the pellets out of their tunnels, where it collects in small mounds on your floor.

Eww, I know. Still, this may be one of your best chances of catching termites. So, if you notice a pile of dust or powder in a corner of your home, get out your magnifying glass. If the pile resembles tiny pellets, then it’s time to call the termite inspector.

If you live in San Diego or San Diego County, contact Best-Rate Termite for all your termite inspection and treatment needs.