How to Tell If Your Home Has Termite Damage
When you live in a place with a climate like Florida’s, death and taxes aren’t the only things that are certain, termites are too. Termites thrive in our environment, so it’s important to know the signs termites present and whether or not your home has termite damage.
When to Watch Out for Termite Activity
Termites don’t have an offseason. As long as they have warm enough temperatures, an adequate amount of moisture, and a steady food supply, they will remain active all year.
However, they usually reproduce in the spring, which makes this time of year one of the only times you might see termites above ground. (Only winged reproductives come out in the open.) It also makes this time of year the typical season for new termite colonies to form, which could be bad news for your home.
If you already have a termite colony in your home, it is going to get bigger and might launch satellite colonies. If you don’t already have a termite colony in your home, but there’s a well-established colony somewhere nearby, this is the time of year when they can make the move into your house.
What Termite Damage Looks Like
Termites stay hidden underground for the vast majority of their lives. They prefer the dark and they need moisture to survive, so coming out in the open would be a death sentence for them. Other than winged reproductive termites coming out in the open for a short period of time to mate, the only other chance you have of seeing signs of termites above ground is when they build mud tubes to get from one location to another above ground. These mud tubes allow them to move above ground while keeping moist and hidden. You may see these pencil-width tubes along the outside foundation of termite-infested buildings.
As far as damage caused by termites, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to see termite damage before it has gotten extensive. Damage typically occurs in areas that are out of sight. This includes inside walls, on the inside of wood beams, and deep within crawlspaces.
If you have other wood elements around your property, such as a wooden fence, you can inspect them for signs of termite damage. Pull a post out of the ground and look for grooved strips in the wood where termites may have chewed. Also, look for holes where they may have dug tunnels.
In your home, if termite damage has become extensive, you may notice that your walls begin to bulge out, your ceilings or floors begin to sag, or your doors or windows won’t properly open or close anymore.
What to Do if You Suspect Termites Have Invaded
If you notice signs of termite activity or damage, it’s imperative to take care of them immediately. Termites cause billions of dollars in damage to homes in the US every year. You do not want to be part of that statistic. Even if you haven’t seen signs of termites around your home, it’s wise to get an inspection done by a professional and to consider taking preventative action. Termites are a major problem in Florida. You can save yourself a lot of time, trouble, and money by ensuring that termites never enter your home.
Keller’s Pest Control offers inspections, termite treatments, fumigations, and a termite warranty to ensure your home’s complete protection. To learn more about our services, visit our Termite Control page.