Found in nearly every U.S. state, termites are a challenge for homeowners across the country. These tiny critters cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage each year, so it’s a good idea to check your surroundings to see if they are present.
Unfortunately, once termites arrive, getting rid of them can be tough. And the damage they cause often isn’t covered by homeowners insurance. So, how do you know if you have termites in your home so that you can take quick action? Here are some of the sure signs:
Damage to Hardwood and Wood Frames
If you’re seeing tiny holes in your hardwood floors, the lower portions of your frames, or hardwood furniture, the culprits could be drywood termites or wood-boring beetles. If you have drywood termites, you’ll likely see evidence of them through tiny fecal pellets around the holes.
Tight Fitting Doors and Hard to Open Windows
Sometimes just related to hot and humid weather, but warped doors and stiff windows can also be a sign of termites. If your home is constructed of wood materials, the moisture that termites produce when they tunnel through wood will cause frames to warp and make them difficult to open as intended.
Hollow Sounding or Papery Timber
Most termites devour wood from the inside out, which leaves you with a thin veneer of material leftover. When you tap or knock on an area with termite damage, it will sound papery or hollow. It’s not uncommon to hear from a homeowner whose finger has gone through a frame or vacuum cleaner punched through a baseboard.
Evidence of Swarming
If you see discarded termite wings near doors, windows, and other home access points, you probably have a termite issue. When termites “swarm” out of their nests to mate, they twist their wings off when landing.
Tunnels in Wood
Subterranean termites generally look for weak places in your structures, such as damp or soft wood. They’ll make “tunnels” through that wood as they set up camp and create a home inside your walls. There often aren’t visible signs of these tunnels, but various types of technology are being tested to detect this activity.
Sounds in Your Walls
Believe it or not, you might actually hear termite activity inside your walls. When termites communicate “danger” to the rest of the colony, they shake their bodies or bang their heads against the wood. Worker termites are also known as noisy eaters. If you hear “clicking” noises inside your wall, it might be cause for concern.
What to Do If you Suspect Termite Infestation
If you find termite damage or see signs of the terrible critters, contact a reputable pest control company to get recommendations for suitable treatment.
Unfortunately, termites can be present in your home, and you won’t see the insects or signs of damage. That’s why it’s best to be proactive with a termite protection plan for your South Carolina home.
At MidSouth Termite & Pest Control, we have helped keep our clients’ homes pest-free since 1999. Contact us today to learn more about our quality termite treatment services.