No one wants their home to be infested by termites. It can cause extensive damage, and repairs may be stressful and expensive. One of the ways you can protect your home is to find termites before they become a problem, and contact us to eradicate the problem. Watch for the telltale signs of a termite problem listed below.
Damaged wood isn’t always a sign of termites – there are many things that can damage wood over time. Plus, termites eat away at wood from the inside, so it isn’t always easy to see the damage from the outside. The best way to find termite damage is to tap the wood to see if it is hollow. Wood damaged by termites will also crack or puncture easily. Thin cracks near the base of a wooden frame or beam can indicate the presence of termites as well.
Termite Mud Tubes
Termite mud tubes are small tunnels made from soil or dirt. They connect termites to food sources and can typically be found along your foundation, on at the base of stairs, the ceiling, the porch, or a tree trunk.
Termites may leave tiny, pin-sized holes. (Larger holes may be caused by other pests, which we can also help with.)
Termite droppings tend to look like wood sawdust. If you find unexplained sawdust on your floor, contact us to have it evaluated.
Termite swarms may leave behind broken wings. Termites typically swarm after the last freeze and after a rainy day following a dry spell. Don’t be alarmed if you see flying termites – this doesn’t always mean that a nest is inside your home – they could be flying from farther away. However, if you see broken wings, it is best to contact us to check your home.
Uneven / Bubbling Paint
Uneven or bubbling paint is typically a sign of moisture buildup – which could be caused by water damage or by termites.
If you suspect you have a termite problem, contact us today. We have many treatment plans available depending on your needs.
By Nick Marler | December 21st, 2017 | Termites