1. Rotten Window Frames - How to Detect Termites Early and What to do About Them

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    When the topic of termites arises among property owners, most of them think that these pests are only found in floorboards, wooden staircases and cabinets in their homes. However, termites have the ability to invade virtually any wooden surface or structure in and around your home – including wooden window frames and sills. There are a few signs to look out for which can indicate an infestation in your home, which will be discussed below.

    1. Mud Tunnels

    Narrow mud tunnels that go around the outside of your home's wooden bow or bay windows are a strong indication that they have been compromised by termites. Termites use these tunnels to travel in and out of your home until such time as they have burrowed a route through the window frames. Once these tunnels have been established, it's safe to say that the infestation in your wooden window frames is already serious.

    2. Nests

    Termite nests look like large hanging growths and these can be created anywhere where these pests have a steady supply of wood – such as in your home's wooden awning windows. These nests can be anywhere from an inch or two in diameter to the size of the palm of your hand and a single nest can literally harbor tens of thousands of these pesky creatures.

    3. Swarming Colonies

    This is usually one of the first signs indicating that your wooden bay windows may have been compromised by termites. Even though the swarming or flying termites usually live outside your homes, chances are that once they start swarming around, structures such as wooden awning windows and larger wood structures have already been infested.

    4. Damaged Wood

    Although many home owners think that all damaged wood is either caused by dampness and/or old age, this is not always the case. In fact, most wood that looks like it is flaking, crumbling or 'disappearing in places' is probably heavily infested with termites already. If a hollow sound is detected when knocking on any parts of wooden window frames, this is another indication that termites have taken up residence inside.

    5. Presence of Droppings or Wing Pieces

    Termite droppings are often mistaken for sawdust or even sand. However, if there is no logical explanation for any of these substances being found around wooden window frames, you can be sure that it is the work of termites. Another sign to look for is insect wing pieces on window sills or in cobwebs around the frames. These are discarded by the termites as they go about destroying your windows.

    Although termite damage in awning windows – or any other wooden frames – is technically repairable, it is not always economically viable to do so. To prevent future termite infestations, it is strongly recommended that you install vinyl windows in Richmond Hill instead of wooden frames. If you would like to find out more about installing vinyl windows in Richmond Hill to prevent future infestations, contact our team at EuroSeal today.

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