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How Do I Know If My Home Has Termites?

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Termites are bugs that can cause structural damage in your home. They can be costly to exterminate. Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year. Fortunately, termites are not known to be direct carriers of any diseases. However, they have been known to contaminate food with dangerous substances called Formosan termite droppings or fecal pellets. These particles contain a highly corrosive substance.

Here are some ways to know if termites have invaded your home;

1. Half-eaten wood.

Consider a wooden door or window frame that has been chewed through. Look for small holes or tunnels on the wooden support beam of your home’s exterior walls. In severe cases, termites can cause your house to collapse.

2. Swollen and cracked wood.

Termites will damage your home’s wooden support beams and structures by gnawing their way through the wood. These bites may be noticeable as they look like small holes, or in circumstances where they are not visible, aqueous storage tissue may form in the affected section of wood.

3. Wood rot.

Termites can cause dry rot, which is when the timbers in your home begin to rot away, often with little or no evidence of actual termite presence. Pollution is usually caused by a lack of structural support, allowing moisture to seep into your home’s timbers.

4. Live termites.

Look for swarms of winged termites flying around in dimly-lit areas of your home’s basement or storage areas, such as your pantry or attic. It is also possible to spot them on the ground outside your house or in the trees near your home.

5. Dead termites.

Look for dead termites lying on the ground or in the grass outside your home. You may also find them inside your house, usually around windows, doors, and inside walls and floors.

6. Mud tubes.

Termite mud tubes are a sure sign of an infestation as termites use these to travel in and out of their nesting area and get food outside their colony when necessary. Termite mud tubes can be found on your exterior walls, floors, and furniture.

7. Fecal pellets.

Fecal pellets are a byproduct of termite digestion expelled from the nest. They can be found on the floor near the nest, in cracks and crevices, and inside your home. If you suspect termites, you should remove all fecal pellets immediately, beginning with the areas closest to the nest, as these are most likely to contain Formosan termite droppings.

8. Subterranean odors.

You may notice a foul smell from your home that you cannot identify, nor can you find the source of the scent. This will be due to termites releasing Formosan termite droppings in multiple locations throughout your house, and it can mimic an odor caused by rotting food.

If you know what to look for and how to detect a termite infestation, then you can take immediate action to protect your house and family from termites. If you suspect that your home has a termite infestation, contact a professional. They will be able to inspect your house and advise you on how to get rid of them.