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7 Signs You Need a Termite Control Professional
Finding out your house has been invaded by termites is upsetting, to say the least. The damage that termites can cause rapidly becomes overwhelming as they never stop eating. When termites are present in your home, they can and will eat all day, every day. Ultimately, if you leave a termite infestation untreated, they can weaken the wood to such a degree that it could lead to the collapse of the building itself.
Unfortunately, there are no good ‘at home remedies’ for exterminating termites on your own. You will need to call professional termite control services to help you eradicate the problem for good.
So, how do you know if you have termites invading your home? Here are 7 signs that will tell you if you need termite control services.
One of the most telltale signs of termites being present in your home is by finding frass, or termite excrement. Frass itself is not damaging to your home, but it’s a very clear indication that they’re inside your home doing damage.
Frass looks very similar to sawdust, but the biggest difference between them is the shape. Termite droppings tend to be more granular in shape and vary in color. Sawdust is usually the same color and manifests as dust shavings, rather than the pellet shape of termite excrement.
You may not see the actual swarm occur, but you can be on the lookout for the aftermath. A swarm usually occurs in the late spring or early summer, and it’s when the termites are looking to pair up, reproduce, and create a colony. The aftermath of this occurrence is an abundance of wings, usually in a pile on the ground or floor. A great place to look for this is on the floor of your basement.
3. Floor/Wall/Ceiling Damage
There are a few ways to find termite damage in your home on the walls, floor, or ceiling if you look closely. You’ll want to look for unexplained cracks on internal walls. When it comes to the flooring, if you are walking and notice some sagging or bounciness on the floor, you may have damage underneath. The termites may be eating below the flooring, causing it to weaken.
4. Foundational Damage
This might be difficult to determine on your own, especially since most of the foundation of the home is typically concrete and, thankfully, termites do not eat concrete. That said, their size allows them to squeeze through the tiniest cracks to get to the wooden floor joists. Homes with crawl spaces tend to be more at risk for foundational damage caused by termites.
5. Windows and Doors that Stick
When termites have found the wood around your doors or windows, their tunneling can often cause the frames to become irregular and misshapen. Not only is this unattractive, but it can also impede your ability to open doors and windows.
6. Hollow Sounding Wood
To find out if the wood in your home is being hollowed out, try taking a screwdriver handle and tap along the walls every few inches. If there is termite damage, you will hear a hollow sound. Beyond that, the wood could be severely damaged, and the handle may break the surface of the wood. This is a clear indicator that termites are in your home.
7. Mud Tubes
Mud tubes are how termites find shelter, and they look quite literally like the name. They are about as wide as a drinking straw and can appear anywhere where there’s wood in your home. If you have found any cracks in the beams or flooring, try to see if you can find any tubes as well. It will just be another indicator that there are termites present in your home.
If you have noticed any of these happenings in your home, it’s smart to consult your local termite control services to help you get rid of them and come up with a plan to prevent their return.
At Clean Crawls, we have a professional and knowledgeable team who can do the hard work for you and exterminate those termites for good. It is essential to take immediate action upon the first signs of termite activity. If you believe you have a termite invasion, call our termite control team at 866-606-6594 or fill out our form for a free quote today!