Common Signs of a Termite Infestation
Oh termites—hands down, one of the most destructive pests out there. Year after year, these pests are responsible for thousands upon thousands of dollars of damages to homes nationwide, and our region is no exception to the rule. Yet, so long as you catch them early, you can have these critters removed before they cause some real reprehensible damage. Keep on reading to learn some common signs of a termite infestation!
Termites have a knack for living in tubes, as they cannot be exposed to the outside air for too long. That being said, they construct tubes as their own form of climate control, and as a way to protect themselves from predators. As a general rule, you can expect these tubes to be dark in color, and to be relatively narrow (typical widths range from a quarter of an inch to as wide as a full inch).
Frass (read: termite droppings) is another sure-fire sign of a termite infestation. These pellets are usually pretty easy to spot, as they look just like the wood that the termites chow down on. So, should you find a spontaneous pile of “wood pellets” near a wall in your home or by your siding, there is a good possibility that you have an infestation not too far away.
Sagging or Weak Floors
Floors that suddenly lose their stability and begin to give when you walk over them may be a sign of a termite infestation. As termites mow through the wood, its structural integrity compromises, meaning that your floors become a lot less sturdy.
Bubbles in paint, or uneven paint, signify that there is an increase of moisture in the wall. This, in turn, can be attributed to either termites, or water damage. Regardless of whether or not it has been a rainy week, get it checked out ASAP.
When it comes to termites, early detection is the name of the game. The sooner you can see any of these potential signs, the sooner you can call out a pest control company to confirm and remove the infestation, and the less likely you’ll have to pay for expensive structural repairs.
Should you spot any of these signs—or any other critters in your home—always know that we have your back. Call us today for a free quote!