What Are the Signs of Termites in Your Home?

What Are the Signs of Termites in Your Home?

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Signs of Termites in Your Home
Termites certainly offer value to our ecological system, but they’re a mere nuisance to homeowners who oftentimes learn too late that their home is infested with this pest. Termites infest the exterior of a home, burrowing themselves deep within the wood platform, searching for cellulose. This substance is found within the wood. As the termites devour the cellulose, they destroy the structure of the home, resulting in thousands of dollars in damages.

Regular home inspections ensure termites do not destroy your home -or bank account in an effort to repair the damage they’ve left behind. Learn some of the most common signs of termites on the list below and take proactive steps to protect your home against the dangers this pest creates.

Hollowed Wood

Termites eat wood from the inside out. If you knock on the wood on your home and it sounds hollow inside, a termite infestation is likely the cause. Blistering wood is another common sign that termites are present in the house.

Discarded Wings

Swarmers are active during the springtime after the last freeze. This is the reproductive season for termites and young female and male termites come out to find a mate. As a result, potting swarmers near windows and discarded wings is likely.

Uneven/Bubbling Paint

Uneven and bubbling paint indicate a moisture problem. Water damage and termites both result when moisture build-up occurs in the home. If you notice uneven or bubbling paint, call a professional immediately.

Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites are the most destructive of the different termites’ species. This termite species builds mud tubes that allow them to travel from their colony to a food source. Mud tubes are often found close to the home’s foundation but can be found anywhere on a property where there is a termite infestation.

Frass

Wood-colored droppings known as frass are oftentimes left behind in piles that resemble pellets where termites colonies are found. If you notice frass inside or outside the home, it is time to call a professional. Drywood termites often leave grass behind wherever they go.

Protect Your Home Against Termites

The above list includes the most common signs of a termites infestation at your home. Pay attention to your home, notating the signs that indicate trouble, and respond promptly to a potential termites infestation to keep damages and stress away. Always have a good pest control company.