“That’s why fall and spring are always big times for (termites),” Alldredge said, “because we get the most rain during those times.”
Signs of termite infestation:
In addition to sighting winged alates in and around the home, homeowners should watch for the following signs of termite infestation:
- Termite droppings, called “frass,” will often become visible when there is an infestation. Frass is very fine, varies in color depending on the type of termite, and resembles sawdust. Anyone finding sawdust-like residue or what appear to be piles of sawdust in their home likely has a termite infestation.
- Some types of termites build “mud tubes,” constructed of mud and frass, which they use as shelters to hide from predators. Mud tubes can be found both in and outside the home. If mud tubes are showing up, it is likely termites have taken up residence.
- Hollow spots in exposed wood are also a sign of termites. Using a flathead screwdriver or similar tool, apply light pressure and probe exposed wood in the home. The screwdriver will break right through a hollow area where termites have been tunneling.