Keeping an eye out for signs of termite activity will help you catch issues early on and potentially prevent some damage. It can be tricky to successfully identify signs of termite activity but not impossible. You can learn how to identify indications that termites are present so you can bring in professional help when needed. Common signs of termite activity include wood that looks wavy, swarmers near your house, mud tubes, and secondary damage around your property.
Wood that looks wavy
Some types of termites eat away at the inside of wood. This can leave the wood looking wavy on the surface. The wood will sound hollow when you tap on it if the termites have eaten away at the inside. Termite damage can also appear to have hollowed out sections in it. It is possible to confuse water damage or age with termite damage. If you are unsure about the source of the damage your best option is to get a professional termite inspection.
Swarmers near your house
Swarmers are termites that have left their colony in search of a place to establish a new colony. If you see them near your house then that could mean it is at risk for developing an infestation. Swarmers look similar to flying ants with some distinct differences. If you want to see a comparison of the two so you can keep an eye out for swarmers look here.
Mud tubes are small tubes that termites build to protect them as they travel back and forth from their colony to the wood of your house. You are most likely to see these in the crawlspace of your house and near the foundation. If you find mud tubes it is a sign of a current infestation or possibly an old infestation. You will need the help of a termite professional to determine if the infestation is currently active.
For many homeowners, the first sign of a termite infestation that they notice is secondary damage. Termites eat away at the structural wood of your property and lead to foundation issues. This means that you could see cracks in your walls, brick, or foundation as a result of termite activity. When you start seeing secondary damage from termite activity it means that the infestation has been going on for a while. Quick action is the best way to keep damage from continuing to occur.
It will not take up a lot of your time to keep an eye out for signs of termite activity. Simply knowing what to look for will go a long way in helping you proactively protect your home from these pests. If you notice any signs of termite activity or have concerns give TAPS Termite a call and set up a professional termite inspection.