The most obvious signs of a termite infestation are mud shelter tubes winding up on the outside or inside of a foundation wall. From these tubes, termites gain access to a home through cracks, expansion joints or pipe penetrations. Also, be on the lookout for these signs of infestation:
- damaged exterior wood containing termite carton material (soil, chewed wood and excrement);
- damaged interior wood or walls including baseboards, hardwood floors and wood around plumbing accesses;
- damaged wood in basements or crawlspaces, including where the foundation meets the walls, sill plates and sub flooring;
- cracked paint and uneven sheetrock; and
- groups of winged termites, discarded wings or bodies, especially around windows.
— Dr. Dina Richman, Development Manager, FMC Professional Solutions