What Does Termite Damage Look Like?

Termites can cost homeowners thousands of dollars in damage and compromise the structural stability of a home. Learn what termite damage looks like so you know how to spot a termite infestation.

How-To Identify Termite Damage

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Termites can cause severe damage to the structural stability of a home and cost homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs. One of the scariest things about this pest is that it’s often difficult to know if your house has termites. While we recommend having your home regularly inspected by a professional pest control technician, there are some ways to spot potential termite damage. This guide covers five signs of a home termite infestation.


1. Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites build “mud tubes” so that they have a source of moisture between their colony and their food source. Mud tubes are often found near the home’s foundation. These tubes also introduce excess moisture to your home, causing additional issues.

 

 

2. Uneven or Bubbling Paint

If you notice uneven or bubbling paint in your home, you can almost be sure you are dealing with either water damage or termites.

 

 

3. Wood Damage

If you notice tiny holes, cracks or blisters in your drywall, trim or floors, there is a high chance you are dealing with termites. Because termites eat wood from the inside out, you will also notice that the wood sounds hollow if you tap on it.

 

 

4. Termite Droppings (Frass)

Termite feces, also known as “frass’, look like sawdust or wood-colored droppings. If you find a pile of these droppings in or around your home, it could be a sign of termite damage.

 

 

5. Swarmers or Discarded Wings

If you see discarded termite wings near windows, doors or other access points, there may be a colony nearby and you may be dealing with a termite infestation.

 

 

 

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