Termite colonies contain workers, soldiers, and reproductive. Because termites look similar to flying and carpenter ants, they are often mixed up. These black pests consistently leave behind signs of their presence in your home. To avoid drying out, they create mud tubes along walls, fences, and steps to help them travel between the colony and food sources. Dry or moist lines of mud can appear in your basement or garage and indicate the presence of termites. Spotted, striped, discolored, or warped wood may also indicate they are located below the surface, out of sight.
Suspected termite infestations usually require the services of a professional to clear up. In order to protect your home properly from these pests, altering the surrounding area of your home is your best option. Reduce moisture levels around the space, keep shrubbery and trees maintained so they are not in direct contact with your building and store lumber and firewood away from the building in a dry place.