Termites can eat away at your garden and home while you’re blissfully unaware of their presence, and before you know it, they’ve done enough damage, leaving behind significant losses. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell if termites have infested your property until they start showing up in droves on the walls or floors of your home. However, some signs may indicate an infestation has already started, but these signs are so subtle that many people don’t notice them.
Head Banging and Clicking Noises
Termites communicate by making a range of noises, including headbanging and clicking. If you hear any strange sounds coming from your walls, ceilings, or in your garden when weeding, it’s worth investigating to see if termites might cause them.
Small Holes in the Wood
As termites eat away at wood, they leave behind small holes as they crawl through it. This can be a sign that you have an infestation, as termites will leave these holes behind for up to two weeks before returning to them and eating the wood again.
These holes can be found both at home and in the garden, where dry woods are left lying on the garden or used as fence posts for the garden. Ensure to check these wooden structures more frequently to avert any termite invasion.
Mud or Dirt Trails
Termites tend to create trails that lead from the ground. If you find these mud or dirt trails near your house, it is worth investigating and checking for termite infestation. Termites usually make these tracks when looking for material such as wood to eat up.
The presence of subterranean termites can be detected by finding piles of soil that have been excavated from underground galleries. The soil will be pellets about the size of a grain of rice.
I bet you don’t know how termite droppings look, and that’s because it’s never easy spotting them. Termite droppings is one sure sign you have an infestation, but it is very hard to see. The droppings are usually black and they will be deposited near the areas where the termites are active.
If you suspect that you might have spotted termite droppings but are not sure, it’s best if you call an expert to help verify your suspicions.
Consistent Sighting of Swarmers
When a termite colony is large enough, winged reproductive adults will emerge from the nest to start new colonies elsewhere. These adults are called swarmers, and they can be seen near windows or in garden areas that have been exposed to sunlight for some time. The best way of detecting them is by looking for their wings, which are about two inches long.
If you see what appears to be flying ants in your home or garden, you likely see swarmers. Although these insects might look similar, there are a few ways of telling them apart. For example, flying ants have elbowed antennae and a thin waist, while termite swarmers have straight antennae and a thick waist.
How to get rid of termites from your garden? Termites can be a big problem, but thankfully there are ways to get rid of them. Spotting the signs of termite infestation is the first step, but if you want to ensure there are no more termites, call professional exterminators. They’ll help you eliminate the termites and leave your garden beautiful and pest-free.