According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause over $5 billion in property damage every single year. When an infestation isn’t taken care of immediately, a homeowner might be forced to spend thousands on repairs. Here is a quick look at a few of the most common signs that you might have termites in your home.

Soft Clicking Sounds

Many people don’t realize that termites make a very recognizable sound. When these bugs are moving through your walls, you might notice a soft clicking or tapping sound. They generally make that sound to notify the other members of the colony that there is a predator nearby. Some termites also make a crunching sound as they burrow through wood and other dense materials.

Piles of Wings

The termite “scouts” that are sent out to establish new colonies grow multiple sets of clear wings so that they can travel long distances. Once they have found a new location for the colony, they twist and tear their wings out because they are no longer need. You might find piles of discarded wings in various entryways such as windows, vents, and doorways.

Damaged Natural Materials

Most termite species will eat or burrow through any natural or fibrous material that can be found in a home. That includes wood, drywall, paper, clothing, and insulation. You must immediately contact a pest control company like Chem-Wise Ecological Pest Management as soon as you notice any damage to those materials. Once termites find a good source of food, they will quickly begin to multiply.


Termite frass is often mistaken for other types of debris like dirt or sawdust. Piles of frass are generally found near the entrance of a colony, and it resembles a dark powdery substance. If you regularly find large piles of droppings, then you might have thousands of termites currently living in your home.

Warped Doors and Windows

Wood naturally expands and contracts over the years, but you should be wary of any sudden changes to your windows or doors. When those items are damaged by termites, they often become difficult to open and close. Over time, you might also notice smaller patches of mold or mildew near your doors and windows.

The best way to keep termites and other bugs out of your home is to schedule preventative pest control services at least twice a year. An experienced exterminator can help you come up with a comprehensive plan to protect your home and family.

Author's Bio: 

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.