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Signs & Damage of Termites
It’s absolutely critical to be on the lookout for signs of termites to prevent them from establishing a colony and taking a bit out of your home.
Mud tubes are pencil-sized tunnels that subterranean and Formosan termites create to get between the mud they live in and their food source. They can be found on foundation walls, joists, ceilings, or even alongside where the ground meets your house or potential termite food sources like a wooden shed or tree.
Swarming and Shed Wings
When termites swarm, or reproduce, they fly around looking to establish a new colony and then shed their wings when they’ve found one. Seeing swarmers flying near your home of discovering wings near home access points, like doors or windows, may indicate a termite colony has taken up residence in or around your home.
Blistered or Hollow Wood and Sagging Floors
Drywood termites nest inside of wood. While tunneling If you have floors that are sagging and buckling or wooden features in your home that sound hollow when you knock, that could be because termites are chewing away oIf you have floors that are sagging and buckling or wooden features in your home that sound hollow when you knock, that could be because termites are chewing away on them. Outside of the sound and feel of these issues are visual cues, like a honeycomb appearance with hollow, layered sections and traces of mud. But wood isn’t the only thing termites eat – keep an eye on things like cardboard boxes as well since termites love to snack on anything with cellulose.
This can be a telltale sign that something is going on beneath the surface. Cracked paint can indicate that wood is being distorted below.
Termites create tunnels as they eat wood, so if you see a chaotic set of intersecting tunnels in furniture or wood in your home, this should tip you off that termites may be near.
As termites create tunnels and chomp away on wood, they also take care to remove their excrement from where they’re eating. Termite droppings can look like sawdust or coffee grounds, so if you see this you should take action.
How to Prevent Termites
In addition to looking for signs of termites, there are a few other best practices you can use to discourage termites from choosing your home to infest.
How to Get Rid of Termites in Columbia, SC.
If you’ve discovered signs of termites in your home there’s no need to panic, but you should act quickly. If you want to eradicate an infestation completely, the best way to do so is to call a Terminix expert who will be able to quickly identify the source of the problem and apply the right solution.