A yard or garden is indeed a great addition to your home.
But with a yard comes the risk of pests. And termites are one of those pests.
If you think that termites in the yard will not infest your home, then you’re living in a dream world.
Letting the termites live in your yard doesn’t increase the likelihood of termite infestation.
It ensures it. By the time you’re finished reading this post, you’ll become an expert in spotting termite infestation in your yard.
We’ve also revealed what you can do to prevent termite termites from infesting your yard or garden.
So, let’s get into it.
4 Signs Of Termites In Yard
How can you kill termites if you don’t know that they exist in your yard?
For that reason, you need to look out for termites’ presence.
In other words, you need to look for the signs of termite infestation.
Here are four signs of termite infestation that only the pros know.
Termite Wings In Your Yard
The first sign of termite infestation that should ring your alarm bells is broken termite wings in your yard.
But why should you take the sightings of termite wings so seriously?
Doesn’t it mean that termites are dead?
No, it doesn’t.
It means that termite has shed their wings.
After shedding their wings, termites move underground or into a piece of furniture to mate and establish a colony.
In both cases, it’s dangerous.
Now we’ll deviate from the topic a little.
You need to know that termite wings can indicate two different things.
The termites that move underground and the ones that move into a piece of wood are totally different species.
The former is a subterranean termite. And the latter is the drywood termite.
Drywood termites are more likely to go straight inside your home. Because they prefer to destroy standalone furniture.
So, if you see termite wings inside your home, then it means that they’re the wings of drywood termites.
You can check out our post on drywood termites later to know more about the topic.
As this post is about termites in the yard, so we’ll keep our focus only on subterranean termites.
Only the subterranean termites would be in your yard because they nest underground.
It’s from below the ground they invade your home.
The winged variant of subterranean termites is known as alates.
Alate is a lifecycle stage of subterranean termites that precedes the breeding stage.
Before they breed and move underground, they shed their wings.
So, the first sign of termites in the yard is wings on your yard or grass lawn.
Once you see the wings, it’s time to look for the next infestation sign, which is termite nests.
But carpenter ants eat termites. The wings might be the left-overs of the termites that the carpenter ants ate.
So, presence of termites in your yard can also attract carpenter ants.
Once you got a sniff that termites are present in your yard, it’s time to look for their nests.
Spotting their nests can be challenging. You need to know where they build their nests and what their nests look like.
Termites won’t build their nests on the concrete and dry portion of your yard or garden.
Termites need moisture to live. They make their nests in the moist area or a few yards away from a water source.
These places are perfect for termites to make nests because the soil is damp.
So, if you’ve trees in your yard, the areas around the tree are also a suitable nesting place for termites.
There are enough foliage and moist soil for the termites to make nests.
How to look for termite nests? In the US, termites don’t make big termite mounds like they do in other parts of the world.
Here’s how you can spot termite nests.
First, look for crawling termites in the moist places in your yard.
If you’ve got a garden, then look for termites on the soil around the plantation area. The ground around the plants is moist if you water your plants regularly.
Second, look for any little mound with a hole at the tip.
Subterranean termites will make an exit point from their nests. These exit points are small holes.
The hole also allows the air and moisture to enter the nests for the termites to survive.
Third, take a garden shovel or spade and dig for a few inches in the ground where you found the mole.
For lesser damp areas in your yard, dig a bit deeper.
You’ll find termites crawling around once you’ve dug through their nests.
Finding termite nests can be challenging and needs a bit of patience.
But the next step is relatively easy.
Dig the soil from where mud tunnels are rising on any wall or piece of wood in your yard.
We decided against keeping the mud tunnel as a separate sign of termite infestation in your yard.
It’s because mud tunnels rising from the nesting area of termites.
Mud tunnels around your home’s base in your yard indicate that it has started to invade your home.
Termites use mud tunnels to commute to their food source through places, like concrete, that they can’t chew.
So, if you see mud tunnels, dig from the spot where it’s rising.
It’ll lead straight to their nests.
Be eagle-eyed for these mud tunnels on any yard or garden furniture and on the porch.
There’s one more sign of termite infestation that many people ignore. It’s termite feces.
Now we’re taking it to the Sherlock Holmes level.
Looking for termite feces in your yard doesn’t sound neat.
But it’s one of the signs of termite in the yard that’s a telltale signal of termite presence.
But where should you look for it?
You can’t sniff for termite feces, which is known as frass, in the whole yard.
Fortunately, there are places where you can look for.
Tree stumps, firewood, mulch, structural lumber, near your home’s foundation, and doors and window frames.
How does termite frass look like?
Termite feces look like a mixture of pepper and salt.
It wouldn’t be like fresh sawdust.
If you find a big pile of sawdust on a wooden piece, with holes on it, then you’ve another problem.
Then it’s a sign of powderpost beetles.
Termite Swarms Outside Home In Your Yard
The last and the most apparent sign of termite infestation in your yard is termite swarms.
As we said earlier, termite swarms or termites with wings belong to a specific lifecycle stage.
Termite with wings are alates, that leave their nests or colonies to mate.
So, if you’ve spotted termites with wings, then it’s a sure sign of termite infestation.
You’ll find these termites with wings assembled at one place in your yard. Just below it lies their nest.
Many people confuse flying ants with termites.
There’s a difference between the two.
Flying termites are thin. Their wings are of equal length and more prolonged than their body.
Flying ants are fat. Their wings differ in size, and when they sit, they look like a little moth.
Remember, then, depending on your skills, you may or may not find all four signs of termite infestation in your yard.
But if you find any two, conclude that there are in your yard.
That’s why we always recommend hiring a professional termite control specialist to get your yard inspected for termites.
Now it brings us to the next section, which is
How To Prevent Termites In Your Yard?
We don’t advise you to do any DIY stuff to kill termites in your yard.
It’s because DIY methods aren’t effective in killing them or getting rid of them completely.
DIY methods are temporary solutions.
Some DIY methods, including spreading diatomaceous earth and spraying boric acid termite spray, do kill termites.
But they aren’t effective in getting rid of termites entirely from your home or property.
The best thing you must do to get rid of termites is to take help from a reliable pest controller.
Getting rid of termites needs a thorough inspection of the property and using the right treatment.
Termites are one of the toughest pests to get rid of. It’s best to leave it in the hands of professional experts.
But you can be proactive and prevent termite infestation in your yard or garden.
It’s quite common to find termites in your yard. And if you deny them the reasons to be in your yard, then you might not need a full-fledged termite treatment.
Here’s how you can prevent termite from your yard.
Remove Waterlogging And Potholes From Your Yard Or Garden.
Two important life-supporting factors for termites are moisture and cellulose.
Termites get cellulose from the wood and books that they eat.
And they get moisture from the soil.
The more potholes and waterlogging you have in your yard or garden, the more are the chances for termite infestation.
Moisture is also one of the reasons for roaches in the yard.
So, fill the potholes, fix the leaking pipes, and reduce excessive wetness in your yard.
It’ll go a long way in making your yard termite and bugs free.
Keep Firewood Away From Your Home And Keep It On Concrete.
Piles of firewood attract termites, especially when you keep it on the soil.
Not only termites, but firewood can also attract powderpost beetles.
So, keep firewood away on a concrete surface and away from the wall.
Make sure that your firewood doesn’t get wet in the rain. Because dampwood lying in the open also attracts another kind of termites, dampwood termites.
Keeping it away from your home will ensure that termites don’t easily crossover into your home from your yard.
Remove Mulch, Rotting Pieces Of Wood, And Foliage From Yard
In other words, keep your yard clean.
The lesser the organic waste in your yard, the lesser the chances of termite infestation.
If you want to use mulch, use hardwood mulch that repels termites.
Any other type of mulch attracts termites.
Rotting pieces of wood attracts termites too. The dampness in it makes it perfect fodder for termites.
Use Termite Granules Around Your Home’s Foundation
Termite granules are your perfect pre-emptive defense against termites.
You scatter termite granules on the soil around your home’s foundation. Then you sprinkle some water in it.
These granules sink into the ground. Once in the ground, they kill any subterranean termites living underneath.
We’ve explained how termite granules work in our post here.
The best part is that you’re protected against termites at least for eight months to a year once you use termite granule.
But don’t use termite granules indoors or on a concrete surface. Termite granules only work on the soil.
Remove any Dead Tree Trunk From Its Roots.
Did you chop off a tree from your yard, and there’s still a portion of it above the ground?
If yes, uproot it entirely with the root.
Tree roots attract termites, and they’d start to nest around the roots.
So, dig up and uproot it completely. For getting it done better, use a professional tree removal service.
Termites live and thrive in yards and gardens.
Finding them is easy, but it needs some close observation.
In this post, you’ve got to know how to spot termites in the yard.
The 4 signs of termites in the yard are –
- Termite wings
- Termite frass
- Termite nests
- Termites are swarming in the yard.
Plus, you also got to know what you can do beforehand to prevent termites from infesting your yard.
If termites are in your yard, it doesn’t mean that they can’t or won’t get into your house.
In fact, they’re just a few yards away, and your home is at a significant risk of termite infestation.
That’s why if you find termites in the yard, we always recommend getting help from a reliable pest control service.
DIY methods of removing termites work, but they have limitations.
Termites are one of the toughest pests to kill. It’d be best if you leave it in the hands of a professional termite exterminator.
We’re Mark and Jim. We were serial pest killers for almost all of our lives. Through this blog we spread pest murdering tips to people like you who want to keep their homes pest free.