Termite Holes in Your House: What Do They Look Like?

As soon as termites discover their way in tough materials such as drywall and wood which could be in your home, they sometimes make a hole to enter the outer world.

However, when termites don’t see any chances of food collection, they immediately cover the holes using soil particles and other resources that are available. When the holes are covered they will be able to retain the humidity and temperature in their working area controllable.

Knowing what do is very important. Though, most people aren’t familiar with it. But in this content, you will see what a termite hole looks like in drywalls, floor, wood, furniture, and even in the dirt.

Termite Holes: What Do They Look Like?

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One of the best ways to identify whether you are looking at termite holes is to check the opening’s size.

Normally, holes are round-shaped, which are 1/8-inch or smaller while the filling material will be plaster-like and brown.

When swarming termites have left the nest, termite holes are stuck down by a nymph termite. Even so, if you discover the colony’s source after or during the swarm occurs there’s a high possibility that you won’t see the termite holes open.

Other types of termites like swarming subterranean don’t show any sign of exit holes in the wood. The reason why these termites don’t leave holes is that they are creating their nest under the soil. As an alternative, they go out form their nests with the help of mud tubes or tunnel which lead them to the surface.

Termite Holes in Drywall

termite holes in drywall
If you see such type of holes on your wall you must consider termite inspection as soon as possible.

Termite Holes in Floor

Termites leave their holes in floorings that may seriously damage your floor. The size of the holes will depend on the floor material.

termite holes in floor
On this picture termites made holes in the wooden floor.
Image credit: TermitesTreatment.com

Termite Holes in Wood

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Exit holes created by termites are commonly seen in wood during summer and spring months.
termite holes in wood
Here you can see what termites can do with wood.
Image credit: Best Pick Reports

Termite Holes in Furniture

Holes in furniture can be seen with ease without utilizing special equipment and tools.

termite holes in furniture
Aas you can see the pattern of termite holes is the same on every material. If you find these holes – begin DIY treatment or hire a professional. (click to zoom)

Termite Holes in Ground

termite holes in ground
Here is the picture of termite exit holes look like in the dirt.

Termite Holes in Trees

termite holes in tree
When termites eat a tree they leave a lot of residue, so you can spot it and treat in time.

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Due to their small sizes, termites are not easy to find. On the other hand, aside from termites other pests and insects such as wasps, beetles, and bees can make exit holes in wood. Thus, concluding that termites are the real culprit can be a bit tricky.

That is why hiring a pest control professional is the best way that you can do to protect your house and furniture from termites. As these professionals are knowledgeable when it comes to determining whether there’s a termite infestation in your house.

Comments 3

  1. Stefan Bradley says:

    Thanks for mentioning that certain types of termites don’t show any sign of exit holes in wood because they create nests under the soil. My wife and I have noticed that there are small termites around our kitchen, but we haven’t been able to detect any exit holes nearby. We will check in with a specialist who can help us take care of our problem and figure out where they are coming from.

  2. Kathy says:

    Do the drywood termites leave any residue on the floor?

    • Vil Malinoshevskij says:

      Hello Kathy, drywood termites leave in the places where they have eaten or nested small piles of feces that like pellets. Drywood termites cause sagging floors, walls, and ceilings. Drywood termites may leave behind areas which look like to be water damaged.

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