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Written by Tim Denner
on October 13, 2020

Termites are a serious threat to homes throughout Santa Clara County and surrounding areas. If there is any element of your home that was built using wood – or items inside your house made from wood – then you are at risk for a termite infestation. The key to protecting your home from sustaining serious termite damage is to eliminate termites from your home as quickly as possible. Preventing a termite infestation is the best-case scenario. Keeping an eye out for termite swarmers is an important part of preventing an infestation. It is also a good idea to learn the signs of termite activity so you can identify them and take quick action if an infestation does occur.

Termite swarmers

Every year termite swarmers leave colonies and head out in search of a place to establish a new colony. Swarmers are reproductive termites which means that they can start an entirely new colony. These termites can fly which allows them to search over a wide area for the right place to establish a colony. Termite swarmers near your home is a warning sign of potential termite activity. It could mean that your home has termites and the swarmers are heading out to establish a new colony at your neighbor’s house. Or, it could me that swarmers are threatening to set up a new colony at your home. Either way, termite swarmers are a sign of trouble. If you see swarmers around your house, get in touch with a termite pro right away to discuss ways to protect your home.

Wavy wood

Wood that has been damaged by termites can take on a wavy appearance. As you go about your normal home maintenance tasks, keep an eye out for wood that doesn’t look quite right. Termites can eat away at wood in lines and create the appearance of waves. If you notice anything off about wood around your house, take action by bringing in professional termite help.

Hollow sounding wood

Termites can eat away at wood from the inside out. This means that there are times when termite damage can be extensive without showing up on the surface of the wood. In order to determine if this is happening at your home, you need to physically check the wood. A simple way to do this is to tap on the wood with your knuckles or some type of tool. If the wood sounds hollow then it potentially has termite damage.

Piles of excrement (frass)

Termites can leave piles of a substance called frass near areas where they feed. This substance is often confused with sawdust. Frass is actually the excrement from termites. If you notice piles of any type near damaged wood then it is logical to conclude that there is termite activity going on. Get professional help right away to determine if you are dealing with an active termite infestation.

Knowing the signs of termite activity can help you be proactive about getting help when you need it. If you are concerned at all about potential termite activity then get in touch with a termite professional right away. These pests will cause damage to your home around the clock so you must intervene quickly in order to minimize the damage.

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