Termites are mini terminators that cause over $5 billion in damages each year. What’s worse is that the damage isn’t covered by homeowners insurance. So you must take the necessary steps to prevent an infestation in your home.
The best thing to do is keep an eye out for signs of a termite infestation. Hire a pest control service who will regularly spray and inspect your home for the presence of termites.
You can empower yourself by knowing these four signs to look for.
- Discarded Wings
If you see clusters of wings around the doors, windows, or other home access points, then you have one of the few outward signs of termites. After a winter freeze, termites known as swarmers emerge from the nest to mate and find a new home. You’ll see these young termites swarming around your home as they consider it for their new nest.
Sometimes you see the termites, but more often than not, you’ll only see piles of dropped wings. If you see these piles, you need to act quickly with a termite pest control service. They can help you look for other signs of termites around your home.
- Mud Tubes
The most destructive type of termites is subterranean. They create mud tubes, which is one of the worst signs of termite damage. The termites build these tubes near your home’s foundation to create additional moisture while they travel to and from their colony and food source.
- Hollowed Out Wood
Hollowed out wood is the damage that most people think of when they think about wood damaged by termites. However, you may not actually see the damage because it can happen under the wood’s surface.
At this point, you need to call pest services, but they cannot repair the damage to the wood. You’ll need to implement termite control efforts and replace the damaged wood.
Tap on the wood with your knuckles and listen for a hollow sound. Start by looking at your window and door frames. Then check the wood closest to the foundation and on the outside of your home.
- Blistering or Sagging Wood
Blistering and bubbling is a result of uneven moisture buildup. This could be caused by two things, water damage or termites. Termites chew their way through the middle of the wood, looking for cellulose.
In their wake, they leave long tunnels. When termites infest a piece of wood, there are countless tunnels. These weaken the integrity of the wood and degrade its structural strength.
The wood will blister from the creation of the tunnels and the presence of extra moisture. Sagging happens when there are so many tunnels that the wood cannot support itself.
Termite prevention at this point is too late. You’ll need to look for extermination services while removing all of the damaged wood.
Keep an Eye Out for the Signs of a Termite Infestation
Prevention is the best course of action when it comes to termites. Have a pest control service spray and regularly check your home for signs of a termite infestation. You can then prevent them from making your home their new home.
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