What do subterranean termites look like?
Some of them are white, though the swarmer termites can range in color from brown to almost black. The workers and the soldiers typically have a brown head with a cream-colored body. The worker and soldier termites don’t have wings. You’ll know you have subterranean termites if you notice swarms of them around your property. The swarmer termites have wings, and they swarm in fall, spring and summertime. When termites swarm, they make a buzzing sound. You might also hear sounds in the walls of your home. As the termites travel through wood in search of food, they make rustling, rattling or clicking sounds.
If you hear termite sounds, it’s best to call a termite control company as soon as possible. If left untreated, these subterranean termites can cause significant structural damage to your home. They can cause floors and ceilings to collapse. You may end up paying thousands of dollars to fix subterranean termite damage. The longer you wait, the more damage the termites will cause. You should also opt for a termite control plan even if you’re unsure about termites. Having a technician check your home each year will give you peace of mind and ensure that you don’t lose thousands of dollars in repair costs later.
You can also tap on the wood of your home to check for termites. Wood infested with termites will sound hollow. This is because termites eat wood from the inside out. The wood will blister and the walls will become thin and papery.