Warning signs of a termite infestation
If you have read through on our brief write up on termite infestations and what we have to offer here at NBW Pest Control Singapore, you now know for sure that termites are certainly no pushovers and not a pest to be messing around with. But how do we pick up signs that an imminent infestation of termites are building up or worse, a current infestation of a nesting colony underneath all that quiet fiasco of a peaceful neighborhood or even a busy, bustling work site? Here are the top signs you can look out for.
1. Mud Tubes Sightings
Mud tubes are exterior mini tunnels built by worker termites to get around impenetrable materials like concrete slabs from their inhabiting soil, while in search of their targeted wood cellulose materials. The mud tubes are clearly visible as protruding lines of soil-made tracks from the outside. Having sight of these leaves no doubt to the existence of termites working their way into your homes.
2. Hollow Sounding Wood
Termites usually feeds from the inside of wood to its exterior. As such, having hollow sounds being produced from a wood source may be a possible sign of termite infestation. Although, it could be nothing more than just its original inferior quality, more investigation would need to be conducted before considered conclusive.
3. Wings Galore
Among the different classes of termites in the family, there is a group of them named the swarmers. As their name suggest, they travel in swarms, and how they travel is by flying. As interesting as it seems, these termites are fully equipped with wings to be air-borne. Their main task within the group is to fly and start new colonies for the termites family. When the swarmers have acheived their tasks or when they have no longer further use for them, the wings will be discarded, and this would usually be done en masse. This massive disposal of wings could be an indication of a possible impending termite infesting.
4. Sounds Of Head Banging Termites
As mentioned here, certain classes of the termite family are blind and being not able to respond to a danger visually, the termites would bang onto the surrounding walls of the tunnel to warn the rest of an impending harm coming through. This creates what we hear as clicking sounds that seems to come through within the walls. Another source of sounds from the termites would be one that is being produced by the worker termites when they are feeding off the inner wooden cellulose.
5. Termites droppings
As with the unraveling of any possible infestation by pests in a particular location, one should always keep a look-out for any droppings made in the vicinity. Termites droppings are small specks of black brownish and powdery material marks that could be found aplenty in the infested areas. Spotting them would probably warrant a thorough sweep or two with engagement of pest control professionals to ensure you do not missed out nipping a young termite's nest in its bud, before it gets worse.