Posted on: 13 August 2019Share
Did you know that some species of termite are found in every state in the U.S.? Any home can become afflicted with the subterranean termite, in particular, which can destroy properties and make foundations weaker. Your best defense against termites on your property is to avoid them in the first place, but termites can be brought to a property by building with wood or supplies that are already infected or by inadvertently creating an atmosphere where this insect can thrive.
Since termites work to get inside wood by chewing, you can see signs that you have a termite infestation if you know where and how to look. Here are signs you have termites, and what you can do about them. If you notice a termite infestation on your property, call for termite control right away.
Burrows or holes in walls and flooring
If you have burrows and holes in exposed wood walls, flooring, and other parts of the home, then you may have a termite infestation. Along with holes and burrows, which are snake-like in their appearance, you may also notice sawdust on the floor or along walls. This can mean that termites are chewing their way through your property, creating visible tunnels that are slowly deteriorating your home.
Dirt mounds or tunnels around your home
Termites don't necessarily live inside your home; they can build tunnels and forts out of dirt underground, leaving behind a dirt pile that is hard to miss. If you don't notice this dirt mound in a garage, basement, mud room, or other room where the flooring may be cement and easy to tunnel through the cracks of, you will see these same tunnels around the edges of your home or even a bit further back in your yard.
Termite bodies or actual insects
Termites might shed their outer skins, or exoskeletons, around your home where you can find them later. You may also find whole bodies or even discarded wings from termites that have outgrown their bodies or who have died. You may find these signs of termites in excess during breeding seasons.
Your termite control specialist will eradicate your termite problem with the help of a contractor. You have to get rid of infected wood while having the home treated at the same time. This is a job best left to professionals, so allow the experts to help you get your termite issue under control as soon as you can.