Termites are definitely a frustrating problem for homeowners and apartment building managers, as they can cause a large amount of damage before they are even detected. Structural damage, ravaged wood, and damage to furniture and carpeting can all be caused by termites, and typically the only way to successfully get rid of an infestation is by contacting a professional exterminator. However, there are certain tell-tale signs that termites leave that can signify a potential infestation, and by watching for the earlier signs and remedying the problem as soon as possible, homeowners and building managers can avoid future infestations.
Termites tend to travel indoors via mud tunnels when there is not easy access into a home or building, and the mud tunnels are easy to spot. Mud tunnels are long tubes of mud that travel along bricks, walls, and concrete slabs. If you notice a mud tunnel, there is a good chance that the termites have found their way inside and are in the process of causing even more damage, so this is definitely the right time to contact an exterminator.
Frayed wood with small piles of sand-like droppings nearby as well as a hollow sound to internal wood when it is tapped are both signs that termites have entered the building or home. At this point, over the counter repellents will simply not work, and you will need to contact an exterminator. They will be able to detect the presence of internal termites by using special equipment and lights that can easily spot termite droppings and colonies.
Winged termites tend to swarm when there is an internal infestation present. Winged termites resemble large mosquitoes, and some people describe them as winged ants. They tend to swarm near inside lights, and they can also be found after they land, usually in a bathtub or sink where there may be residual water present. Winged termites will not bite, and they are actually quite clumsy when it comes to flying. They can usually be wiped away with a paper towel or napkin once they have landed, but regardless of whether you are able to eliminate the swarmers you come across, it is still very important to contact an exterminator due to the fact that there is a high likelihood of infestation at this point.
Contact a Professional
While termites may seem relatively harmless, the exact opposite is actually true. They are not harmful to humans in any way, but the damage they can cause can end up costing home and building owners a pretty penny if the infestation is not properly handled. Your exterminator will come out to your location and carefully inspect the outside and inside of the home or structure. Once they have located the colony, they will advise on what they can do to eradicate the situation. They may be able to inject a chemical into the wood in order to eliminate the internal termites, or they may feel that spraying the perimeter of the home and internal baseboards will suffice. Whatever route they decide to take, you can rest assured that your professional exterminator will get the job done right.