Telltale Signs of Termites Around the Home

Of the hundreds of different insects and creatures that could find their way into your home, termites are often considered to be the most dangerous. This pest isn’t just unhygienic and irritating to have around, they can also cause some serious damage to the foundation and structure of your home over time. And, what’s worse is that for the first few months or even years of a termite infestation in your home, they are often barely noticeable, not coming with a warning. For many homeowners, realizing that their home has been infested by termites can come too late. Thankfully, there are several things that you can do to notice the signs of termites in your home as early as possible.

#1. Wood Damage:

If you live in a home that is mainly constructed from wood, then you should always be extremely cautious when it comes to termites. Most houses today have wooden floors and other structures; making them prime targets for termites who mainly feast on this type of construction material. Bear in mind that if you have termites in your home, the damage is most likely going to occur behind and below surfaces such as walls and floors, which can create serious structural damage. It’s a good idea to take a look at your floors and other wooden structures once per week to search for any potential damage caused.

#2. Mud Tubes:

Another main sign that your home is infested by termites is mud tubes, which are usually found near sheds or trees where the ground connects to your home. Termites require a certain temperature to be able to survive, and thrive in environments that are rich in moisture. Because of this, they create tubes or tunnels to retain the moisture by blocking dry or cool air. If you find any such mud tubes around your home, the best thing to do is to remove a section of the tube to see if any termites crawl out. If you discover any, it’s important to take action to get rid of termites as quickly as possible, since they will be fast in building their new nest.

#3. Look for Wings:

Termites have wings, so one of the biggest tell-tale signs that termites have gotten into your home is discarded wings. Homeowners dealing with a termite infestation may find discarded termite wings near doors and windows or other home access points. Once termites have found the right entry point to dig through the wood, their wings will be twisted off since they are no longer needed. If you are finding insect wings in your home, then it’s important to make sure that you don’t mistake them for something else, such as ant wings. Bear in mind that unlike ant wings, termite wings tend to be the same size. If you have found wings in your home and think that they could belong to termites, it’s important to take immediate action and call pest control.

Termites can cause significant and expensive damage to your home. Keep your eye out for these telltale signs to spot them as early as possible.

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