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Written by Fernando Munoz
on March 23, 2021

Termites are destructive pests that damage homes throughout the United States. In Santa Clara County and surrounding areas, termites are a constant issue that homeowners must face. You should not ignore the possibility of termites at your home because the damage will eventually grow to the point where you simply cannot ignore it. If you notice damage to your home and suspect that it was caused by termites, there are some specific steps you need to take. But first, you need to learn how to identify termite damage. Once you have a basic understanding of what termite damage looks like you can learn the order of operations for dealing with that damage. 

How to identify termite damage

Termite damage comes in several shapes and sizes. A clear sign of termite activity is damaged wood. For example, if you notice that the wood of your threshold looks crumbly or wavy, it is a potential sign of termite activity. Piles of frass (termite droppings) look like piles of sawdust or dirt and are a sign of termite activity. There can also be secondary damage to your home thanks to termites. This often shows up as foundation issues because the termites damage structural wood. Any of these issues should prompt you to follow the steps outlined below. 

Schedule a termite inspection

The very first step you should take when you notice termite damage to your home is to schedule a termite inspection. A termite inspection involves having a termite professional come out and look at your property. The inspector will look for signs of damage as well as signs of termite activity. In addition, the inspector will look for leaks, water damage, and other structural issues that make your home attractive to termites. This process will help you get clear on the condition of your property so you can decide which step to take next.  

Follow the recommendations in the inspection

After the termite inspection, you will receive an inspection report. This report will let you know if you have an active infestation or other signs of damage. In addition, the inspector will include recommendations for treatment. If you do not have an active infestation, the inspector will let you know what steps you can take to keep your home termite-free. Following the recommendations in the inspection report is the second step you should take when you notice termite damage to your home. 

Schedule preventative treatment services

Once you have a home that is free from termites, you can start focusing on keeping it that way. Preventative treatment services can help you keep termites from re-infesting your home in the future. You can also decrease your chances of developing an infestation by keep up with your home maintenance tasks. 

Termite damage is unsightly and can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Quick action will help you minimize the damage that occurs. The pros at TAPS Termite will walk you through the process and make sure you get rid of the termites that are damaging your home.

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