A termite infestation can cause a long list of problems for your home. A termite infestation that goes unnoticed can lead to thousands of dollars in damage that you do not realize is occurring. It is important to learn how to spot the common signs of a termite infestation so you can take action to get them out of your home as quickly as possible. Three signs you may have a termite infestation include mudtubes along your foundation, damaged wood around windows and doors, and termite swarmers around your home.
You notice mudtubes along your foundation
Mudtubes are something that termites create to help them move from their colony to their food source. They are tiny tunnels that provide the termites with some protection from the elements and other threats as they move about. Mudtubes often look like tan or brown lines and are typically found near the foundations of houses. They can also be in attics, basements, and any other area where termites are active. If you notice mudtubes along your foundation – or in any other area of your home – it is a sign that you may have a termite infestation.
You see damaged wood around windows and doors
Termites cause damage to wood. They feed on wood and leave a trail of destruction behind them. Damaged wood is one of the clearest signs that you have a termite infestation. However, it can be difficult to find the areas where termites are active. Start the process by looking at the wood around your doors and windows. If you notice damage in these areas, it could be a sign that termites are active in your home. The damage can make the wood look wavy, sound hollow, or look like it is disintegrating. There are other issues that can cause wood damage and most homeowners need the help of a professional to differentiate between issues like dry rot and termite damage.
You see termite swarmers around your home
Termite swarmers near your home are another sign that you may have a termite infestation. Termite swarmers are reproductive, winged termites that leave a colony in search of a place to establish a new colony. If termite swarmers are near your home, it could mean that you have an infestation or that you are at risk of developing one. If you see termite swarmers – or notice pests that you suspect are termite swarmers – get in touch with a termite control professional right away.
If you notice one or more of the signs outlined above, you may have a termite infestation. The best way to determine if you have an infestation is to bring in a termite professional to inspect your home. A termite pro will look in the areas where termites are likely to be active and will know how to recognize termite damage. Once the inspection is complete, you will have the information you need to get treatment for your termite infestation or start protecting your home from the threat of termites.