Termite identification does not only refer to the ability to name the various members of a termite colony. As a homeowner who wants to prevent termites from infesting your home, then you have to know the basics regarding termites.
The most prolific type of termite is the worker termite. Worker termites are creamy white in color, and almost have a semi-translucent body. They are the caretakers of the colony, responsible for gathering food, building tunnels and feeding other member of the colony.
Termites avoid light and open air areas. They will either say in the soil or in the wood they are eating. If they do have to cross open areas like foundations, they build mud tubes to cover the distance. This keeps them hidden and protected. Many times homeowners won’t even realize that termites are present until significant damage has already been done.
This type of termites are responsible in establishing new colonies. To be able to determine whether termites have come to your home, search for dark colored and winged insects flying around. Look closer if these insects have straight bodies and if they have four wings of equal length. If they do, then they are either coming or leaving your place. Either way, there are probably termites lurking somewhere.
Mud Tunnels on the Foundation
The presence of mud tubes is a significant sign of termite activity. When you find tubes of dried mud on the foundation of your home, or running up walls you should become worried. This is a sure sign of termite activity. If poked, the mud from these tubes comes off like grainy particles.
The Damaging Effects of Termites
If termites go undetected for a long time before you detect them, there is a big probability that the wooden portions of your house have already been severely damaged. This damage will eventual result in the collapse of wooden surfaces. When you find termites, take immediate action to eliminate them.
Conditions that Encourage Termites
Conditions around your house can be an open invitation to termites. If any wood portions of your house are in contact with the ground this gives termites a friendly avenue to enter your home. Moist soil around the foundation is another termite invitation. Ground termites are partial to moist soil, and if it is near wood, then their foraging just becomes easier. Leaky pipes around your home can cause excessive moisture, so they should be fixed quickly. Cracks in the foundation invite the termites in, so they should be fixed.