Termites aren't easy to spot with the naked eye because they like to breed in dark, sheltered and humid environments. When you finally realise that they're in your bed's wood, it may be too late to salvage it and you'll have to throw it out. This is why regular termite treatment and inspections are important to treat your problem. Termites tend to leave indications of their existence, so make sure you look out for them on your wooden bed.
Hollow Timber Sound When You Knock On Your Bed Frame
If the frame and backrest of your solid wooden bed sound hollow when you knock on them or tap on specific areas, it could be a sign of termite damage. This is because termites tend to consume wood from the inside out and will only end up leaving a thin veneer of paint or wood. If the termites have been around and undetected for too long, they will eat a major portion of the wood to affect the structural integrity of your whole bed, which you will need to discard. If you knock on an area of your bed and it sounds hollow, be sure to get termite treatment immediately.
Discarded Termite Wings Around Your Bed
When termites move from one place to another to create new colonies, they tend to fly for short distances one at a time. Once they land in a new area, they twist off their wings as a sign that they won't need them. If you notice discarded termite wings around your bed and other home access points, you can be sure that termites have entered your bed's timber or are in other nearby areas. A pest control team will need to inspect your bed and other areas before suggesting the right termite treatment for your home.
Cracks In Different Parts Of Your Bed
As termites eat away slowly at the wood in your bedframe, backrest and bed legs, cracks will start to form in different areas thanks to a loss in structural soundness. This happens because termites bite through wood looking for cellulose, leaving cracks behind. If ignored for a prolonged period, your bed will eventually break, causing preventable injuries to you and your family. Don't make any assumptions, though, because cracks could form in beds for several reasons that aren't related to termites. If you notice cracks in your bed, it's best to call a pest control expert to look for signs of termites to be sure if this is the cause or not.
If you notice any of these signs of termites on your bed, be sure to call the pest control experts for immediate termite treatment.