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If you live in West Palm Beach, we don't have to tell you that your property is in danger of termite damage. It isn't a matter of if termites will attack, but more a matter of when. In our area, we have drywood termites, dampwood termites, and subterranean termites. Of these three, the worst by far are subterranean termites. But we don't just have subterranean termites, we have "the worst" subterranean termites.

Formosan and Asian subterranean termites make those other species look like rank amateurs when it comes to destroying property. If you don't have active termite protection for your West Palm Beach home, we strongly recommend that you learn how to detect termite activity, at the very least. While it can be extremely difficult to detect termites, knowing the following quick ways to tell if you have termites could save you from costly repairs.

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1. Shelter Tubes

The skin of a subterranean termite worker requires moisture. This is one of the reasons these termites stay hidden from view as they feed on your home. It is also why they create tubes up the sides of foundation walls. These tubes act as extended ground tunnels, going from the soil up into the wood of your home. They look like mud because they are created with soil and saliva. If you want to find these tubes, you're probably going to have to get dirty. Termite workers avoid light. This will have them creating shelter tubes in dark spaces under your home if they can find them. You might see these tubes in exterior locations where there is high humidity or shade. They will appear overnight, as if by magic.

2. Swarmers

Do you know what a termite swarmer looks like? We hope you do. Swarmers can be a very visible warning sign. These termites don't avoid light. In fact, they're attracted to it. But swarmers are tiny. They can be a mere ⅜ of an inch long. Look for their distinct white wings to notice them. These wings are stacked on their backs and rounded at the tips. But bear in mind that swarmers may go undetected.

  • When swarmers emerge inside, they are very noticeable. But most of the time they emerge outside and fly away.

  • When swarmers emerge and gather into a swarm, they can leave your yard in a matter of a few short minutes.

  • If swarmers stay in your yard, it can still be difficult to see them. Swarms don't last for more than about 30 minutes. They can swarm and disappear in the time it takes you to cook a frozen pizza in your oven.

3. Frass

Drywood termites create kickout holes and push their droppings out of their tunnels. This is called frass. If you have a drywood termite infestation, you may notice frass on your window sills or near hardwood building materials in your home. If drywood termites get into hardwood furniture, you should see frass underneath.

4. Trenches

There are many ways you might see the tunnels created by termites. It depends on the type of termite. If you do see termite tunnels, they are likely to look like trenches, not tunnels. These trenches will be stacked on top of each other in a network.

5. Wood Damage

We've discussed kickout holes and termite tunnels, but termites can create other types of damage. Here are a few characteristics to look for:

  • Termite damage can look like water damage. If you see an area that is bulged out, it bears a closer examination.

  • Termites that get into baseboards or window and door frames can create areas that look eaten.

  • Wood that looks splintered.

  • Wood that appears brittle or sounds hollow.

  • Wood that has a honeycomb appearance.

The Fastest Way To Tell If Your Home Has Termites

The best way to quickly find out if your West Palm Beach home has termites in it is to contact Native Pest Management and request a professional termite inspection. Our licensed termite control professionals have the tools and knowledge to locate and identify termite species and guide you in selecting the right solution to arrest a termite infestation. Don't take any chances. Reach out to us today for our professional termite control services.


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