Dealing with a termite infestation can be an absolute nightmare. In fact, some estimates say Americans spend $2 billion each year controlling or preventing termite infestations. However, it’s important to realize that the sooner you recognize signs of termite damage, the less damage will be done to your home — and your wallet. Here are some of the most common signs of termite damage.
- More dirt and moisture than usual:
The majority of termite species require a lot of water to thrive, and they’re likely to flock to the dampest areas of your home. If you notice that an area of your home is dirtier and wetter than usual, it may be time to call an exterminator or termite control service.
- Wings and Flyers:
Another telltale sign of termite damage is wings. If you see random wings around your home, they could be from a flying termite. Similarly, if you notice an excess number of flying bugs flocking toward the lights outside your home, it could mean that there is a termite nest in the vicinity. The same applies for the lights inside your home. Most importantly, if you see both of these signs simultaneously, it’s a major red flag, and you should start the termite control process immediately.
- Wood damage:
Checking for wood damage is also a surefire way to ascertain whether or not you have a termite infestation on your home. Start by looking for chips, cracks, and crevices in wood beams, and feel it to see if it’s grown weaker. If it seems broken or damaged, termites could in fact be the culprit. Wood damage isn’t always visible from the exterior, so try knocking on the wood. If it makes a hollow sound, it’s another sign of an infestation. Additionally, another area you should look for wood damage is in — believe it or not — the trees outside your home. If you notice any signs of wood damage like the ones mentioned above, it could be an early warning sign that an infestation is coming, or has already begun.
Ultimately, consistently checking your home for termites is the best way to stay proactive and stop an infestation before it begins. For more information about exterminators, contact Pest Control IPM.