facebook pixel

Termite Damage: What to Look For

Aug 26, 2019

According to the National Pest Management Association, termite damage costs Americans around 5 billion dollars annually. Most homeowners underestimate the consequences of a termite infestation often neglecting prevention measures.

It doesn’t matter if you have or haven’t protected your home against these pests. You should learn how to spot potential damage. Don’t know what to look for?

We’ve got you covered. Here are 5 signs that you may have a termite infestation in your home.

1. Wood Damage

While these pests cause wood damage, it will depend on the type of termite that is infesting your home. Subterranean termites are the most destructive species. These insects bite small pieces of wood, but over time can cause buildings and homes to collapse.

Depending on your location and home, you may encounter drywood, dampwood, formosan, or conehead termites. Most homeowners think termite damage may only be apparent indoors. However, these pests can even damage your home’s foundation, among other structures.

2. Swarms of Termites or Discarded Wings

Flying termites or swarmers are often mistaken by ants. If these pests are around your home, you may find these swarmers or discarded wings. These winged insects only leave their colonies after the termites reach a certain size and weather conditions are optimal.

Swarmers are attracted by light and typically come out at night. It will depend on the type of termite that’s damaging your home. Drywood termites swarm after rain during certain seasons while other species swarm during daylight.

If you find these signs, it’s time to consider contacting a Certified Pest Control technician since there’s a chance there’s a termite infestation in your home or nearby. Even if the infestation isn’t in your home, it’s vital to implement the best preventative termite damage to protect your house.

3. Tunnels

Mud tunnels are built by subterranean termites. These pests build these tunnels to provide the moisture needed to move between their colony and food source. This type of termites often build these tunnels close to a home’s foundation.

Other termite species build tunnels inside wood or other structures. This type of termite damage isn’t easy to spot.

If you see tunnels inside a piece of wood, it may be a sign that termites have built tunnels inside those structures. Even if you don’t see evident tunnels, an expert has tools such as borescopes, infrared, and sound detectors to detect termite tunnels.

4. Frass

Have you ever seen small holes in wood? If so, you might’ve seen wood damage caused by drywood termites pushing out their feces out of their nest. In contrast with other types of termites, these insects don’t use their droppings or frass to build tunnels.

These pests leave dark black marks and powder in the infested area. These signs are the residues of the frass pushed out of their nest.

Control Your Home’s Termite Damage Today!

Learning the signs of termite damage is only the first step. You may think finding a small swarm isn’t enough to call a specialist. However, treating the infestation as early as possible is key to minimize your damages and expenses.

Spotting these signs will help you minimize and avoid damages. It’s also important to implement prevention measures.

Your prevention or control measures will depend on the type of termites infesting your home. You should consult with an expert to learn more about the pests damaging your home.

We offer termite control measures to treat your home before and after construction. Our services include diverse termite treatment options and moisture control. Contact us to schedule your free consultation today.

More posts from West Termite, Pest & Lawn

How to stop mosquitoes from entering your home

How to stop mosquitoes from entering your home

Mosquitoes are bad enough outside, but when they get into your home, they can cause serious problems for you and your family. Although mosquitoes can be simply annoying when they buzz around, it really hurts when they bite you, and their bites can continue to itch for...

Noticing a hole in your wall? Rats might be the problem

Noticing a hole in your wall? Rats might be the problem

Rats and other rodents can be very determined to get into human dwellings, especially during winter months when seeking food, warmth, and shelter. Due to the extreme damage that can be caused by rodent infestations, not to mention the several health risks that rats...

What should be done before attempting DIY pest control?

What should be done before attempting DIY pest control?

For homeowners or property managers looking to save some money, “do-it-yourself” (also known as DIY) pest control can seem to be a tempting option. However, it can also be risky if performed incorrectly, using the wrong products or in the wrong amounts, or applied in...