5 Signs of a Home Termite Infestation

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The spring season means that pests will soon be flocking to your lovely, inviting home. In particular, the pest that causes the most concern during this season is termites. Here’s a list of 5 signs of a termite infestation in your home to look out for:

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Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites build “mud tubes” so that they have a source of moisture between their colony and their food source (which is, in this case, your home). Mud tubes are often found in or near the infested home, and because of the excess moisture introduced to the foundation, mud tubes can create a whole slew of other problems.

Holes/Cracks In The Wood

This is one of the more obvious signs of a termite infestation. If you start to see tiny pinpoint holes in your drywall or the wood embellishments of your home (like your floors or the trim), call a termite exterminator immediately. And by the time you see cracks or fissures in your wood, the damage is probably already done. Tap on the wood or puncture it to see if it’s hollow – this will be a clear indicator of what you’re up against.

Buckling Laminate Or Wooden Floor Boards

Soft or squeaky floors is never a good sign. Usually this is an indication of water damage, termites, or sometimes both. Because of the moisture that termites can introduce into your home coupled with the compromised volume of the wood foundation itself, this can lead to unsupported flooring and fixtures that squeak and squish when you step on them. Again, call a professional immediately when you notice these problems around your home.

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Termite Droppings (Frass)

Termite feces, also called “frass,” is a definite sign that your home is under invasion by a termite colony. Frass usually looks like sawdust or wood-colored droppings no bigger than the head of a nail. If you start to see trails of frass in your home, especially on the outer edges, you might be dealing with a termite invasion and should call a termite exterminator as soon as possible.

Uneven/Bubbling Paint

This is another surefire sign that something isn’t right in the home. Usually uneven or bubbling paint means one of two things: water damage or termites. Paint bubbles up because of the moisture that is introduced to it, which causes the paint to separate from the wood itself. If your paint is bubbling up in places around your home, you should definitely call a professional before any severe damage occurs.

Termites can be a terror to the structural stability of your home, but don’t panic yet! Being aware of the warning signs of termites is the first step in eradicating the problem at hand. If you’re worried about a possible termite infestation in your home, please give us a call at your earliest convenience. It is our pleasure to inspect your home and advise you on the best method of termite control.

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Written By: Home Pest

February 5, 2018


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