How Can You Tell If You Have Termites in Your Home?

The common termite. So small yet so destructive. This little nuisance is responsible for property damage that runs in the billions with a “B” annually and if you’re not familiar with the warning signs that an infestation may be lurking within your home you could be facing a serious threat to your property that may have you paying hundreds if not thousands out of your own pocket. That’s because termite damage is not typically included in a homeowner’s insurance policy.

The best way to avoid getting hit with a massive repair or replacement bill courtesy of your local termite swarm is to eliminate them from your home as quickly as possible. Early detection of a looming termite issue depends on your ability to recognize the signs of a growing infestation and calling your local Pest Authority of Raleigh-Durham to conduct a full inspection of your property.

So how can you tell if you have termites in your house? Look for these common indicators that you may need to bring in a reliable pest control company to deal with the matter as soon as possible.

Warped or Blistered Flooring

Homes with a termite problem will start to see their hardwood flooring become buckled or blistered as a result. This is due to the damage that the termites have caused to the subflooring and this will have an immediate visual effect on the surface of your floor. The wood planks will start to appear as if there is some water damage but, in reality, the layer beneath the wood has undergone termite damage.

Termite Swarms

Get ready to get grossed out. Termites will leave behind body parts near windows, doors, and other openings in and out of your home. This is due to the termites swarming from their nests to find new places to mate and burrow. When they do this, they will tear their own wings from their bodies because they don’t plan on using them anymore. If you discover these piles of wings around your house, you have a termite problem.

Wood Damage

Termites leave behind a recognizable form of damage in wood that they have chewed through looking for cellulose to consume. That damage appears in the form of grooves that can extend over long areas of your wood surfaces, such as flooring, walls, and so on. The chewing itself is noticeable but that alone is not the main concern, it’s when the structural integrity of the wood is compromised as a result of the termites eating through it. This hollowed out material can become a hazard and the wood beyond repair.

These are just the most common indicators of a termite infestation in the home. But just because you’re not finding these signs of termite damage doesn’t mean always mean there isn’t a problem. If you even suspect you have termites in or near your home, call in the experts for a complete inspection. When it comes to termite infestations, it’s better to be safe than sorry.


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