How Can You Tell if Termites Are Present in or Near Your Home?
Unfortunately, there may not be any warning signs of termite damage present. However, there are several things you can look for to detect the presence of termites themselves.
Signs of termites include:
- Termites “swarming” during the day and often after rainfall.
- Termite evidence in or around windows and doorframes.
- Shelter tubes appearing on or around the foundation.
- Baseboards and floors that may sound hollow.
- Dead termites or termite wings on windowsills or along walls.
The only certain way to determine the presence of termites in your home is with a thorough home inspection from a pest management professional.
How Much Damage Can Termites do to Your Home?
Termite damage is substantial and not to be taken lightly. Without annual inspections from a pest management professional, termites can go unnoticed for years while continuing to damage your home.
The realities of termite damage:
- Termites cause damage in hidden areas, behind walls, in crawl spaces and basements.
- Unchecked, this damage can be truly devastating, costing individual homeowners thousands of dollars in structural repair.
How Can Termites Enter My Home?
One way termite damage occurs is by termites entering your home. Termites can enter homes with as little as 1/32-of-an inch opening.
- Termites can follow tree roots and construction conduits such as pipes and footers to gain entry into homes.
- Termites constantly forage and evaluate the size and quality of food resources as they seek out cellulose.
- Termites can be in your home for several years with very few visible signs of activity.