How To Tell If You Have Termites

How to Tell if You Have Termites in Cincinnati, OH

Termites are discovered in more than 5 million homes on average each year in the United States. Unless you call Alaska home, your house is not safe from termite damage. The National Pest Management Association estimates termite damage costs U.S. homeowners $5 billion each year. How can they cause so much damage? A subterranean termite colony can include millions of termites, and the worker termites forage for food 24/7. Their food is the wood in your home: your floors, walls and ceilings. And a termite may only need a 1/16" space to pass through your foundation and reach the wood above.
How do you know if you have termites? Keep your eyes open for any of the following signs, and if you see them, call a Certified Sentricon Termite Elimination System Specialist like Arab Termite and Pest Control.


Termites often swarm in warmer weather and after a rain shower to start new colonies. The swarming event can be brief, so even if you do not see flying termites, you are likely to see the discarded wings around window sills, doors, heating vents, bathtubs and sinks after a swarm takes place. Termite swarmers use their wings to move away from their original colony. Their wings break off and they pair up and find locations with a wood source where the male and female can begin a new colony. Whether you see the swarm or think there might have been one, call a Certified Sentricon Specialist of the Sentricon System such as Arab Termite and Pest Control immediately.

Mud Tubes

Foraging worker termites, the ones that eat wood to feed the rest of the colony, must stay in moist conditions and away from natural enemies like ants. To get across barriers between the soil and the wood above, termites construct small, meandering “mud” tubes from moist soil and excrement. The tubes are about the diameter of a pencil, though they can become wider. Tubes can be seen on foundation walls or inside walls, on plumbing pipes and spanning crawl spaces between the ground and the subfloor. These termite highways are a sure sign termites are or have been in the home. The Sentricon System, with its patented Recruit termite bait and Baitube device, will get rid of the entire colony by having the workers deliver the bait directly to the queen. Call today to make an appointment with Arab Termite and Pest Control. 

Damaging Wood

Termites eat wood from the inside out along the grain, so damage often isn’t visible until it becomes significant. Termite inspectors often will tap to listen for hollow-sounding wall studs, baseboards and floors. If the wood gives way, it may reveal a hollowed-out honeycomb pattern. The wood also will include some “mud” similar to mud tubes, plus live termites. Formosan termites are an especially robust, destructive species with large colonies. Walls of infested buildings may contain carton nests that hold enough moisture to allow the colony to live entirely above ground, sometimes causing bulging walls. If you suspect you have termites, don't wait. Call Arab Termite and Pest Control immediately!

Live Insects 

When building or remodeling in your home, keep an eye out for soft-bodied, light-colored insects about the size of a grain of rice. Termites avoid light, so they are seldom visible in open areas.

Ant or Termite? 

Swarming termites and ants look similar and are easily misidentified. The clearest way to distinguish them is to examine the wings. Termite swarmers have two sets of wings of equal length. The front pair of wings on a swarmer ant is longer than the back pair. There are other distinguishing characteristics: an ant’s waist is narrower than a termite’s. Ants also have a joint in their antenna, while termites do not. The biggest difference: ants are usually just a nuisance; termites damage your home.

What To Do Now

Termites leave few clues of their arrival — until you can see their damage. Don’t make the costly mistake of assuming you are termite-free. Have a professional inspection done by a Certified Sentricon Specialist of the Sentricon System before it’s too late. 

Now that you know how to tell if you have termites, if you notice any of these signs, call Arab Termite and Pest Control in Cincinnati, OH right away. We use safe solutions that completely eliminate termite colonies without harming you or your family.
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