How to Find Termite Nest
Termite nests are generally difficult to see because they are usually under the floor or inside the wood. Thus, people are often late in overcoming termite infestation. To reduce the losses, we must find them as soon as possible so we can take immediate action. Let us understand how to find termites through the signs of their existence.
- Termites Trails
Termites that created the termites trail most likely found in moist areas, such as places around water sources or under the floor and in the attic. Let’s check if there are termites trails, it looks like a rope but created from soil. Termites trails created from soil and will follow the house’s foundation until they find wood/blocks, it might also look like a rope that panhandles to soil or wood areas.
If we cut the termites trail we will find if there are termites or not. If we do found termites, it is most likely termites have done some damages to your house.
- Winged Termites
If you spot winged termites inside or around the house, there is a possibility that a termite nest has been perfectly built. A perfectly built termite nest usually accommodates too many termites, therefore, winged termites who have the ability to reproduce will fly outside the nest to generate a new colony.
At the beginning of the rain season, winged termites will fly outside the nest. We won’t see one or two-winged termites, but we will see thousands of them. Sometimes we spot winged termites, but sometimes we spot only their wings. When you spot a large number of wings, it means that they were already mating. The female termite will shed their wings to create a new colony. They begin to infiltrate the wood and create a nest. At this time, it is better to destroy the nest before it’s getting bigger and bigger.
Drywood termite existence often characterized by a 2mm hole in wood, they create a nest and drop their powdery-like feces outside the hole. Drywood termite spends their whole life inside the wood. Therefore, finding their nest is almost impossible, but to find their droppings is the most influential step since it is the most important sign of their existence.
Drywood termite’s droppings are pellet-shaped with yellow or brown coloured and usually 1 mm long. They push out the frass out of the hole until it looked like a small mountain of salt that we can easily find it. When you find this small mountain of termite’s frass, you should’ve been suspecting their existence.
- Empty sounds from a cavity
If a wooden floor or pillars are eaten by termite, it will create a hollow space inside the wood. As a result, when we knock the area infested by termite, it will sound hollow. Sometimes on the wooden floor, we will find it slightly bulging.