Termites are a serious problem in the south, causing extensive damage to the structure of homes resulting in costly repairs. It’s estimated that termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage annually in the United States. They primarily feed on wood, but they can also damage books, insulation, and swimming pool liners. Throughout the year, homeowners should be on the lookout for any signs of termite infestations.
Here are some of the most common signs of termites:
- Swarming termites. These are winged termites that emerge from their colonies to mate and start new colonies. They are often seen in the spring or fall.
- Mud tubes. Termites build mud tubes to protect themselves from predators and the elements. These tubes can be found on foundations, walls, or other structures.
- Frass (termite droppings). Termite frass is wood-colored powder that is often found near termite activity.
- Damaged wood. Termites eat wood, so they can cause damage to furniture, flooring, and other wooden structures.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to give your local termite control company a call.
In the meantime, here are some additional tips for detecting termites:
- Inspect your home regularly for signs of termite activity. Look for mud tubes, frass, and damaged wood.
- Pay attention to any changes in your home’s structure or appearance. For example, if you notice that a door or window is sticking, or that drywall is peeling, it could be a sign of termite activity.
- Be aware of your local termite risk. Some areas are more prone to termite infestations than others. If you live in an area with a high termite risk, be sure to take the proper precautions.
If you suspect you have a termite problem or want to stay proactive against them, reach out to your local pest control company to receive a free termite inspection and discover the best plan of action perfect for you and your home!