How To Check For Signs of Termites

Colloquially called silent destroyers, termites may hide in yards and homes for long periods before the damage that they cause becomes apparent. These pests feed on cellulose-based materials, including wood. When a home has an infestation of termites, the bugs can cause substantial structural damage costing thousands of dollars to prepare. It is important for people to check their homes for signs of termites and to take immediate action if they discover signs of their presence.

Checking for signs of termites

Termites leave behind long mud-like tubes on walls, beams, around chimneys and in crawl spaces. These insects are winged and are between 1/4 and 1/2 inches long. King and queen termites are larger and may be up to 1 inch long. If you see swarms of winged insects in your home or outside near it, you may have a termite infestation. Other signs include bubbling or cracked paint, wood that has a hollow sound when you tap on it, discarded wings and termite droppings. In order to check for termites, you will need a flashlight to check in darker areas. If you see signs of a termite infestation, it is important that you schedule a professional inspection to determine if your suspicions are warranted.

Where to look

Subterranean termites may attack from under the ground. This means that you may need to inspect your crawl spaces to spot damage using your flashlight. You'll also want to look around your home's foundation where the wood frame meets it. If you have a basement that contains wood construction, you'll want to inspect it as well. All areas where concrete adjoins wood should be thoroughly checked. Beams, joists, walls, basement window frames, sub floors and support posts should also be inspected. You can tap on wood to see if it makes a hollow sound and look for the mud tubes or wing piles that are indicative of termite infestations.

What to do if you think you have termites

Termites are one of the most damaging types of pests that invade homes. Because of the structural damage that they can cause, it is important that you take immediate action if you think that you have termites. A termite infestation should be handled by a professional in order to make certain that your home and yard are free from the pests and that all damage is correctly addressed. Your termite professional may also be able to treat your home and yard in order to prevent termites from invading to begin with. For help with all of your pest control needs, contact Arrow Environmental Services today.

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