Termites are the worst. They can cause widespread and costly damage to your home. The best way to deal with termites is to keep your home from becoming infested in the first place. Unfortunately, it is far too easy to ignore the threat of termites until signs of their presence start to appear at your home. If you are concerned that your home may be infested with termites you can keep an eye out for three telltale signs: mud tubes, swarmers, and damaged wood.
Subterranean termites need to have quick access to moist soil in order to survive. They can often be found under properties where they have access to wood and soil. This type of termite constructs mud tubes that span the area between the soil and their food supply. The tubes act as a form of protection and allow the termites to move easily and safely between their colony and food source. If you spot mud tubes near or on your house then it is possible that you have termites. Common areas for mud tubes are near the foundation and under your property. It is possible for mud tubes to remain even after a termite problem has been eradicated. In order to confirm an active infestation you need to bring in a termite professional to complete a thorough inspection.
Swarmers are a type of termite that can fly and have the ability to reproduce. They leave a colony in search for an area to establish a new colony. Swarmers near your house can point to the presence of an active colony at your home. Or, they can indicate that your home is at risk for developing an infestation. Either way, the presence of swarmers warrants a call to your local termite professional. A termite pro will be able to determine if you have an active infestation or if your home is at risk for developing one.
Damaged wood is a potential sign that your home has termites. Termite damage can show up in a number of different ways depending on the severity of the damage and the type of termite. Some termite damage causes the wood to have a wavy appearance. Other termite damage causes rivets or gaps in the wood. Areas of your home that are most susceptible to termite damage include the wood in your crawl space and around doors and windows. Take a look at the wood in these areas for any obvious signs of damage. Water can also cause damage to wood which is easy to confuse with termite damage. The best way to confirm that the damage you noticed is from termites is to get the help of a pro.
If you have noticed any of these signs of termite damage you need to take action. Termites can eat continuously and will not stop until you intervene. Schedule a professional termite inspection for your home to determine if you have an active infestation or are at risk for developing one. If you have an infestation take steps to get it eradicated and to protect your home going forward.