We buy homeowners insurance to protect our homes from threats like fire, burglary, and lightning strikes. However, most policies don’t cover termites or damage repairs. Check out these fast facts about termites.

#1: Termite shelter tubes

Termites create shelter tubes to travel back and forth and explore potential areas of infestation. These tubes are vital to their protection when traveling above ground. Shelter tubes typically originate from the ground crossing barriers such as foundation walls or piers. If found, these tubes are almost always indicators of a termite infestation.

#2 Sagging floors and hollow wood

When termites feed on wood they often leave a paper thin membrane at the surface intact which hides the damage from view.  To check the health of your floors and walls, walk around while tapping on them to identify hollowness or reveal hidden galleries. Hollow wood is a sign of a potential termite infestation.

#3 Presence of wings

Reproductive termites are often referred to as swarmers. Swarmers, take flight in order to look for places to create new colonies. Subterranean termites, the most common type of termite in North America, often swarm during the spring season. If you see discarded wings, that may be a sign of a termite infestation.

#4 Earthen packing

When termites are hard at work inside timber, they often produce a mud like earthen packing on the surface. This packing is most visible on foundation walls and the joints. When a colony is about to be released, the termites often produce earthen flight tubes horizontally from the infested timber. Earthen packing might be the clearest indication of a termite infestation.

#5 Termite noises and wood excavation

When on an excavation mission, termites often leave a thin layer of wood intact. Audible tapping can be heard in heavily infested areas. The noises come from workers tapping their heads on the wood to signal the rest of the colony. The continuous transfer of the signal to the rest of the termite population often increases the sound hence the reason why it can sometimes be heard.

Have some of these signs? Not to worry, Terminix will take care of you and your family. Start by scheduling your free inspection today. One of our qualified Terminix agents will inspect and treat if termites are found. All of our plans are backed by the Ultimate Protection Guarantee.

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