Tips and Tricks: 7 Signs of Subterranean Termite Infestation


August 4, 2014

Brian Mount

Brian Mount

Mud shelter tubes or tunnels are the most common signs of subterranean termite infestation, but here are seven more factors to consider:

  1. damaged exterior wood that contains soil or termite carton material (mixture of soil, chewed wood and excrement) in porches, fences, garages, roof eaves, and window and door trim;
  2. damaged interior wood or walls, including baseboards, hardwood floors, and wood around plumbing accesses;
  3. damaged wood in basements or crawlspaces, especially where the foundation meets the walls, sill plates, box joists, sub flooring, and around support piers;
  4. cracked, blistered or distorted paint on wood surfaces and/or cracked or uneven sheetrock;
  5. groups of winged termites called alates (swarmers) or discarded wings;
  6. above-ground nests, or arboreal termite nests that look like growths on trees (not common in the U.S., but noted in South Florida); and
  7. areas of water leakage, or raised or split floors.

Brian Mount, BCE, is Technical Service manager forĀ FMC Professional Solutions.

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