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Signs & Damage of Termites
To prevent a termite colony from moving in and wreaking havoc, it’s important to know the signs and stay vigilant.
Eastern subterranean and Formosan subterranean termites can live in mud tubes, so these are a clear indication you may have termites. Mud tubes are a means for termites to travel from the mud to their food sources. Mud tubes are usually pencil-sized and may be found on foundation walls, joists, or even ceilings. You may also be able to spot them outside your house along food sources like a shed or a tree, or where the ground meets your house.
Swarming and Shed Wings
Swarmers are reproductive termites that can be seen flying around during swarms (or reproductive periods). Seeing swarmers would be a good indication you have a possible infestation. Other signs include discarded wings, typically near windows, doors, or other home-access points.
Blistered or Hollow Wood and Sagging Floors
Because wood is a termite’s food source, any evidence of weak or unstable wood or timber in your home is a signal that you have a termite problem. Floors that buckle or sag or wooden areas that sound hollow when you knock are signs that these pests are eating away at wood in your home. Some visual cues that termites are eating your wood include a honeycomb appearance with layered hollow sections and traces of mud and partially digested wood. It’s important to keep in mind that termites will eat anything containing cellulose, including cardboard and wood paneling, so keep an eye on these areas as well.
One sign that termites are eating wood is cracked paint, which can indicate that the wood beneath is being distorted.
As termites eat wood, particularly in furniture, they can create all kinds of tunnels. Pay particular attention to wooden walls and antique furniture.
Drywood termites like to keep the tunnels where they eat their food tidy, so they remove their excrement as they tunnel and eat. This leads to pellets of termite droppings, which can look like sawdust or coffee grounds, to sometimes collect near an infestation.
How to Prevent Termites
To protect your home from a termite infestation, take these steps and continue to look for the signs:
How to Get Rid of Termites in Charleston, SC
If you’ve spotted signs of a termite infestation in your home, the time to act is now. Unlike quick fixes that won’t remove a termite colony completely, Terminix professionals are experts in identifying the type of infestation you have and will know how to act quickly to eradicate termites from your home and prevent further damage.