How to Know If Your Home Is Infested With Termites


Termites are a terrible, terrible problem to have. They can severely damage your home or commercial character, and leave you homeless for weeks (not to mention terribly inconvenienced). But identifying them is one of the most crucial steps in this course of action. Often times identifying termites early can average the difference between salvaging your character and declaring a loss or requiring serious renovations.

The first sign of termites will be swarms of them, flying inside your home, in an effort to habited and bring more food to build a colony. Homeowners will be able to find termite bodies laying in droves, near window sills and doors, or wherever else there may be an opening so they can escape.

Hollowed wood is also a tell-tale sign of termites. Examine suspicious pieces of furniture to determine if it’s been hollowed. You can usually feel for any areas that are not thick or seem lighter than usually. You may already be able to gently manipulate the wood with your hands, possibly already crumbling it. Sometimes hollowed wood truly has a certain sound that normal wood doesn’t have.

Shelter tubes are a typical trademark of termites. They’re pencil shape long thin holes in the dirt near your home or in pieces of wood where termites burrow and habited. You can also examine day-by-day to determine how quickly termites are colonizing in your home or business.

Check moisture-inclined areas of your home or business which is where termites congregate. Termites love moisture, so any areas of exposed wood that haven’t been treated with water repellant coatings are particularly unprotected.

Check for areas of your home that have dirt in uncommon places. Termites typically leave trails of dirt as they travel to and from colonies in your home. This can also easily be confused with dirt that naturally collects on the wood near a window sill, a crevice in the wall, the corner of a bookshelf, or the corner of a room. This is where using your best judgment comes in handy, and where you can use some of the other criteria listed above to help you determine what is dirt and what is a paper trail of termite infestation.

Other clues for termites include seeing bugs or decaying wood inside your home or outside your home. These bugs don’t necessarily have to be termites, but can provide clues that termites too, are near, as certain bugs don’t discriminate on what they prefer to feast on.

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