There is no denying that termites can cause serious problems for homeowners. They cause expensive damage to homes throughout the US every year. Termites are an ever-present danger in areas where they thrive. If you live in an area with serious termite issues, termite damage to your home may feel like an unavoidable issue. Don’t give in to the idea that you will just deal with termite damage once it shows up. There are proactive steps you can take to protect your home from termite damage. The most preferable option is to prevent a termite infestation from ever occurring. Steps for prevention include keeping up with home maintenance and investing in preventative treatments like baiting systems. Many homeowners can prevent a termite infestation by following those steps. If you have not been actively protecting your home against termites then you need to be on the look out for signs of activity. The next best thing to do to protect your home from termite damage is to discover the issue quickly and take action against it. Signs of termite activity to look out for include mud tubes, damaged wood, and termite swarmers.
Termites create mud tubes to help them travel safely between the colony and their food supply. These mud tubes can look like lines of dirt on your foundational wall or under your house. Mud tubes can be a sign of an active infestation or a previous infestation. If you discover mud tubes at your house the next step is to get a professional inspection to determine if they are part of an active infestation.
Termites eat away at wood which causes damage. If you know what to look for you can spot the signs of wood that has been damaged because of termites. For many homeowners, however, it can be difficult to determine if the damage is from termites or another issue such as wood rot. Wood that has been damaged by termites often takes on a wavy look. There are also times when termite damage is difficult to see from the surface. If you suspect termite activity but do not see damage, try tapping on the wood with your knuckles or a tool. If the wood sounds hollow it may have internal damage from termites. Areas to look for signs of termite damaged wood are under your house and around areas with wood such as windows and doorframes.
Another important sign of termite activity is the presence of termite swarmers. Termite swarmers are winged termites that leave one colony to establish another colony in a new location. Having termite swarmers around your home can mean one of two things: either the swarmers are leaving from an infestation at your property or they are in your area looking for a new place to infest. Either way, seeing termite swarmers near your home is a sign of trouble.
If you notice any signs of termite activity at your home, bring in a termite professional right away. Termites will continue to cause damage to your property until you take action against them. You can get a free termite inspection from the pros at TAPS Termite to determine the current condition of your home.