Termites. They cause more destruction to homes than fire and flood combined. They can get into any home – brick, stucco, wood, or even homes built on a concrete slab. Even worse, homeowner’s insurance typically does not protect against termite damage.
Termites can be known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected.
So would you recognize the warning signs that your home may have an infestation? Here are a few signs to be on the lookout for if you suspect you may have termites:
- Termite Wings: Often present after a swarm, they are typically found in small piles near window ledges or other light sources.
- Powder: Powder post beetles leave evidence of their presence with piles of a fine, talc-like powder around furniture, flooring and any housing structure made of wood.
- Mud Tubes: Made of particles of soil, wood and debris, these allow subterranean termites to reach food sources above ground level.
- Damaged Wood: This can include wood that sounds “hollow” when it is tapped with the handle of a screwdriver or wood that is soft when probed with a sharp object.
- Small Holes or Ripples in Drywall: When termites damage wood within your home, they often create tiny holes in the drywall. Extensive damage to the wood can make the drywall look rippled.
- Pellets: Drywood termites excrete pellets that are kicked out of holes. These pellets often accumulate in piles on window sills, baseboards and under wooden objects.
The best thing you can do to protect your home against termites is have a termite protection program in place with a reputable company that stands behind their guarantee. If you would like to schedule a free inspection of your home, contact us today!