An active termite infestation in your home can lead to serious damage in multiple areas of the property. When the structural wood of your home becomes compromised it can cause a snowball effect in which multiple other areas of your home show signs of damage. The cost to repair the effects of widespread termite damage can run you thousands of dollars. If you suspect that your home has termites, the best way to prevent more damage from occurring is to confirm that you have an infestation and then take steps to eradicate the termites. You can use the four tips below to help you confirm that you have an active termite infestation.
Inspect the wood around your home for damage
Subterranean termites often start out their destruction underneath properties because that is where they have easy access to the moisture-rich soil they need. It can be difficult to properly inspect the wood underneath your home for termite activity. Other common areas for termite activity are around the threshold of your doors and window and in wood siding. These areas are easier to access and a good place to start your preliminary inspection for termite activity. Wood that is infested with termites can look wavy, have an appearance of disintegrating, and/or sound hollow when you tap on it.
Look for mud tubes
Mud tubes are another sign of termite activity that you can look for to confirm your suspicions of a termite infestation. Subterranean termites create mud tubs that provide them with protection as they travel back and forth between the colony and their food source. Start by examining the perimeter of your home for these tan/brown lines that appear to be traveling from the ground up. You can see a picture of what mud tubes look like here.
Keep an eye out for swarmers
Swarmers are a type of reproductive termite that leave one colony and search for a place to establish a new colony. If you see swarmers around your home it could mean that you already have an active infestation and the swarmers are from a colony at your property. The presence of swarmers can also indicate that a home near you has a termite problem and your home is in danger of becoming infested. The presence of swarmers should prompt you to action because they point to the very real possibility of an infestation.
Get a professional inspection
The most effective way to confirm that you have an active termite infestation is to get a professional inspection. A termite pro will access the areas of your house that are most likely to show signs of termite activity – areas that you may find difficult to access. In addition, a professional inspector will have the training and experience needed to properly identify the signs of termite activity.
If you have any suspicions at all that your home has a termite infestation, you need to confirm those suspicions with your own efforts and/or those of a professional. The key to minimizing the damage that a termite infestation will cause is to eradicate it as quickly as possible. As soon as you confirm that you have an active termite infestation, schedule professional treatment.