If you are concerned about termite infestation, the most important thing you can do is be on the lookout for signs of termite damage. You can do this yourself several times throughout the year, but it can also be very helpful to hire a professional termite company to inspect your home annually.
Here are the three most common signs of termite damage:
1. Seeing Termites
The first and most obvious sign of termite damage will be seeing the termites themselves. Termites typically swarm in the spring months but you can see them anytime. They are drawn to light and can sometimes be found on lights and around windows.
Don’t be alarmed if you see swarming termites outside near fallen trees or tree stumps. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have a termite problem but it might be prudent to arrange for an inspection.
2. Damaged Wood
Wood that has already seen termite damage may sound hollow when knocked on. The wood can be soft and easily probed with a sharp object. You may also see a gritty film on the outside of wood that has been damaged by termites.
Termites will not confine their grazing to just wood; anything containing cellulose is edible to termites. This includes cardboard, wood panels and any other material that consists primarily of cellulose, which is the main component of wood.
3. Mud Tubes
Termites travel in a series of tunnels they create called mud tubes. These tubes can be made from dirt, wood particles and other debris and are often found along foundations, floor joists and sometimes even going through sheet rock.
Termites can be easily controlled through expert pest control. If you suspect you have seen signs of termite damage or just want peace of mind, schedule a home inspection with TermiGuard today and know that your home is protected.