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Stages of a Termite Infestation in Your Home

Termite colony crawling their way through a wooden structure.

Pass Pest Control understands how termites behave and the dangers associated with their invasion of your home, business, or institution. Detecting and recognizing termite infestations early is the best way to beat the pests. We are always prepared to provide the top protection for you -- we know what works. Here are some tips on what to look for during different stages of a termite infestation.

Early Stages of a Termite Infestation

Early indications of termite infestations are easy to spot if you know what to look for. Termites at close inspection may look like ants, but don’t be fooled: these white “ants” are incredibly destructive. Ingrained colonies will produce male and female termites capable of reproducing, creating more soldier and worker termites to deal damage to your property. If you notice termites with wings, there is a chance you have a termite infestation on your hands. 

Discarded wings throughout your home may be the only surface indication of an infestation. These swarming reproductive termites are attracted to light, like many insects. You may find wings post-swarm near lights, windowsills, doorways, porches, and patios. 

If you recognize these signs, it’s a good choice to act swiftly and proactively. Dealing with a termite infestation early is the best way to avoid long term negative effects. Scheduling an inspection may also lead to the discovery of other pests that could potentially harm your home or business.   

Ongoing Stages of a Termite Infestation

Most people are aware termites love wood, which means inspecting wood must be a good indicator of a potential termite infestation. This isn’t bad advice: termites will live in most wood materials and products, and even tear through your garden mulch. However, these places may not tell you the whole story of a potential termite infestation. 

Termites of course can infest wood materials and structures in and around your house. Damage inside the house can range from disheveled walls to a chomped up nightstand. Wood termites living in your home and wood structure will leave a trail of sawdust-like discharge in their wake as they tear through your house. Some termites that live in the soil and dirt around your home and may even build mud hills to burrow through your basement or crawlspace. Keep an eye out for these indicators, as you may have an intermediate level infestation on your hands. 

Termites will do anything to eat through your property, so it's important to stay vigilant and have your property inspected. Inspection will always be more affordable than repairing termite damage.

Mature Stages of a Termite Infestation

Mature colonies have the most surface indicators, as much damage has already occurred. Structural damage to a home with a mature infestation is done - it’s visible in the way your doors move, the softness of some interior wood fixtures, the bending and warping of the floors and ceiling, and the belling of your walls. If you self-inspect the damage and find a nest of winged termites, you’ve discovered a mature infestation of your property. Multiple nests may be present. Still, they can be stopped. 

Our professional team of exterminators has the skill and expertise to diagnose the severity of the infestation and stop it in its tracks. Once Pass Pest Control is involved, you can sit back and know you’re in good hands. We’ve been here before. We know what works!

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