Do you have unwelcome pests in your home? If termites have found their way in, then you’re sharing your home with an expensive house guest. After all, termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage every single year.
Termites are not only destructive, but they’re also sneaky, and often hide inside the walls of your home. So, how do you if you have a termite infestation?
We’re here to help.
In this quick guide, we’ll teach you how to spot signs of termites in your home so you can stop the problem before it gets too serious. Read on!
- Damaged Wood
- Discarded Wings
- Mud Tubes
- Signs of Water Damage
- Stop Your Termite Infestation Today
1. Damaged Wood
Have you noticed that areas made from wood in your home are showing signs of damage? Or, do wooden areas sound hollowed out when you knock on them? Termites chew through the wood in your home, which weakens the structure over time and can lead to significant damage.
If you’re able to look inside wood for suspected damage, you might see a honeycomb pattern, which is a sure sign that it’s time to call in pest control for termites.
2. Discarded Wings
When termites fly out of their nest to mate and form new colonies, they twist their wings off when they land. So, if termites have decided to make your home their new home, then you might notice these discarded wings around your home, especially near access points like doors and windows.
3. Mud Tubes
Have you noticed long, small tubes along the floors or baseboards of your home? Also known as mud tubes, these tunnels are created by termites so they can survive.
Termites need certain humidity levels to thrive, so they use these tunnels to help block out dry air so they can continue eating their way through your home.
Here in Texas, we have two primary types of termites: drywood and subterranean. While they’re both destructive, it can be easy to tell if you have a drywood termite problem because they nest inside of wood.
After they eat, they keep their nesting areas clean by kicking out holes to remove their waste. As a result, you might notice small piles of wood pellets that look like sawdust in areas around your home.
Because the piles are so small, it might be hard to notice at first, but keep a lookout, especially if you suspect termites are in your home.
5. Signs of Water Damage
When termites are feeding, especially beneath wood flooring, it can often cause the wood to look buckled or blistered, almost like it’s had water damage.
If you know there hasn’t been water damage to your floors, then this is a good sign that termites are the actual culprit.
Stop Your Termite Infestation Today
After reading this quick guide about the signs of a termite infestation, take a closer look at your home. Do you notice anything that we’ve covered above? If so, our team at Hero Pest Control knows how to get rid of termites the right way.
Request an appointment today so you kick out those unwanted house guests and prevent expensive damage to your home.