Members of a termite colony travel on the wind and enter your home through the roof or any wood such as the attic, window sills, post, etc. Termites only need 1/64th of an inch hole to get inside! Once a colony is formed, they breed and destroy wood rapidly.
Chew on this .. termites primarily feed on wood .
but also damage paper, books, insulation and even swimming pool liners and filtration system. Worker termites will travel up to 250 feet away from the colony , eating through plaster , and even asphalt , to get to a wood food source .
~Swarms - Both dry wood & subterranean termites swarm to start new colonies, especially near windows or lights.
~Piles of Wings - Because termites shed their wings as they swarm, discarded wings are another indicator.
~Droppings - Dry wood termites produce tiny hexagonal fecal pellets, often found in small piles or mounds near wood.
~Wood Damage - Look for small holes in wood, blistering paint, or soft wood timbers.
~Tubes - Subterranean termites create mud tubes about the diameter of a pencil. Look for these tubes on the inside of your home at the baseboards or on drywall.
~Subterranean Termites are all black also with smoky gray wings longer than their bodies.
~Dry wood Termites are two-toned with a reddish head and wings that are longer than their bodies.