Termites are a real problem in many parts of the U.S. In fact, they cause billions of dollars in damage to property every year. While you may think that your home is immune from a termite infestation, there are warning signs to watch out for — which we’ll cover in detail below — and simple things you can do right now to protect your investment and save on costly repairs later on — if you know how to spot them.
How to spot termite damage
The best way to spot termite damage is to look for their droppings. Termites usually leave piles of sawdust-like droppings on the ground or on your home’s foundation, according to the University of California. If you spot these piles, you’re likely dealing with an infestation. Termites love living in warm, humid conditions, so larger buildings tend to stay wet.
Termites may build their webs at particularly humid times, such as when there is a heavy flow of rain or when people are staying inside. Web openings are often big enough for something large to enter and live inside. One other way to spot termite damage is to check the floor under your foundation. Typically, the deeper the soil is, the more humidity there is and the more likely the insects are going to decide to make a home for themselves.
Termites are usually only active at night, so if you see any in the daytime — even if they’re just hanging out in your home — it may be a sign they’re already established.
Identify a termite infestation
Termites are destructive and can be hard to identify. You may find some signs of termite activity if you know where to look. The most common sign of termite damage is repeated wood damage. This is especially true of wood that has been exposed to moisture and has not been treated with a wood preservative.
How to Spot Tired and Disturbed Wood
What we are talking about here is the classic wood caused by insects that have become weary from eating over or under other wood, and have now chowed down on the healthy, dry wood of your home. Often this board is visibly damaged. The idea here is not to pick up any kind of wood and purposely add materials. This is simply to identify what type of damage has been done and to educate you as to the best way to treat this issue.
Sometimes you may actually need to remove the offending materials. Not every wood will survive termite scrutiny, and you may need to cut it down if it has been damaged. Cutting down the damaged wood can take some planning and patience. Provided the offending wood is not too large or up against any furniture, this may be a relatively simple job in most states.
If you really want to be sure you’re dealing with termites under the bed or in other weak spots of the interior of your property, you may have to seek out professional help. Make sure you know exactly what type of termites you are dealing with before hiring a local pest control company. Always remember that it is always best to employ a licensed pest control professional who is knowledgeable of the specific pests you are dealing with, and can identify them from a distance.
How to prevent termites from damaging your home
Termites are a major problem for homeowners. These tiny insects can build nests inside your home and cause major damage. Termites feed on wood and while they do this they also destroy it. It’s important to take action if you think you have termites because they can do major damage to your home and cause a lot of structural damage. If you know how to spot the signs of a termite infestation, you can save thousands on costly repairs and protect your home before it’s too late.
Termites can be a devastating pest. They can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home. If you know how to spot the signs of a termite infestation, you can save thousands on costly repairs and protect your home before it’s too late. Termites are tiny (about as big as a matchstick), hard to detect, and have a long life span. We often don’t recognize them until they’re right on top of us. Below is a picture of a harborage termite can use to hide.
If you see a lot of dead wood in your garage, it isn’t a sign that there’s a problem with your home. It could simply be debris from your cell phone, and in most cases, the wood is probably infected with termites.