If you live in an area where termite infestations are common, getting an annual termite inspection by a professional is essential to preventing damage to your home. However, termite infestations can occur between inspections, and by the time your professional consultation has come around, termites may have already caused quite a bit of damage. There are several steps you can take that aid in detecting termites between inspections, which can save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run. Checking for termites is actually quite simple as long as you know the telltale signs of an infestation.
Look for Flying Termites
One of the most obvious signs of termites is the actual presence of the insects in your home. However, since termites live underground or inside wood, it isn’t always easy to spot them. Flying termites are the most obvious signs of termite infestation. They have long translucent wings, and a long, thin, segmented body that is light brown or off-white in color.
Look for Dirt Tubes
Dirt tubes are the tunnels created by burrowing termites as they set up supply lines between their nest and food sources. Dirt tubes near your home may indicate that you have a termite infestation. The tubes look like narrow raised bumps in the dirt or narrow channels made of dirt built across solid surfaces such as brick or cement patios. The tubes are closed on top, but you can cut them open with a razor blade or utility knife to check for the presence of termites inside.
Look for Damaged Wood
Another obvious sign of termite infestation is damaged wood. Look for wood that is riddled with holes or cracks. Wood that has hollow places along the grain that have been filled with mud or dirt also indicates termites.
Checking for termites doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process. In fact, you may notice some of these signs without having to do any extra looking at all. If you see any signs of a termite infestation, schedule a home inspection from ACTION Termite Control by calling (877) 556-4131 immediately.