Signs of Termites: Here’s What to Look For

signs of termites

Termites are sneaky pests that take up residence in your home for an extended period of time without being detected. In fact, large amounts of damage can be done in a short amount of time when they decide to make your home, their home. Whether you’re dealing with subterranean termites, which are primarily found underground, or dry wood termites which burrow deep within wooden structures, you need to keep damage at a minimum and detect these critters ASAP. We’ve made a list of a few signs to look out for when dealing with termites. 

Signs of Termite Activity

  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped or drummed
  • Small, pin-sized holes in drywall
  • Buckling floorboards
  • Excessively squeaky floorboards
  • Crumbling, damaged wood
  • Piles of insect wings, often resembling fish scales
  • Mud tubes climbing the walls in your home

Discarded Wings

When a termite matures, it leaves behind its time of adolescence, its nest, and its wings. Wings may be discarded in small piles in spider webs and you may find small piles of wings on surfaces around your home, such as on your windowsill.

Mud Tubes

A specialty of the subterranean termite is its ability to create mud tubes. Mud tubes (also known as shelter tubes) are bridges that connect a termite colony to the wood they consume. These tubes are designed to protect the colony from predators and conserve moisture. Be on the lookout for tubes made of tiny pieces of soil, wood, and debris. 


Like most organisms, termites can be identified by their droppings or frass. After consuming wood, termites leave behind droppings similar to salt and pepper. Tiny fecal mounds are a good indication of a termite infestation. 

Signs of Drywood Termites

Drywood termites are usually found in warm, southern climates. They use their wood for food and shelter—as they consume wood, they burrow mazes within walls and furniture. These pests leave behind fecal matter piles that resemble pellets. These termites can also be responsible for sagging floors, walls, and ceilings, and may leave behind wood that appears water damaged. 

Signs of Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites are found throughout the United States. These termites build their nests underground and travel above ground to access food. They enter your home through cracks in the foundation as well as through mud tubes they build. If you notice mud tubes near the foundation of your home, these pests are likely to blame. These termites, as well as drywood termites, produce winged swarmers which indicate an active termite colony.

Get Rid of Termites Fast

If you have a termite problem, it’s important to know that signs of an infestation may only be visible after termites have been present for months or even years. The best way to keep your home termite-free is to hire a licensed professional to inspect and treat your home. 

If you have a termite problem and need expert help, call Vulcan Termite & Pest Control. We’ll send a professional to inspect your home and ensure it remains termite-free. Call us today!