Signs of Termite Activity
Posted on August 3, 2017
Termites can cause a lot of damage to your home or property without being detected for a long time. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye out for signs of termite activity so that you can take immediate action to prevent further damage. Here are some additional details about the signs of termite activity:
- Discolored or drooping drywall: If you notice that your drywall is discolored or drooping, it could be a sign of termite damage. Termites feed on wood and cellulose-based materials, and drywall contains a paper-like material that they can consume.
- Peeling paint that resembles water damage: Termites can cause moisture damage to your walls, which can make the paint peel off. This can resemble water damage, but it’s important to have it checked by a professional to rule out termite activity.
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped: If you suspect that termites are present in your wood, try tapping on it with a screwdriver or hammer. If it sounds hollow or papery, it may be a sign of termite activity.
- Small, pinpoint holes in drywall: Termites can create small holes in drywall as they tunnel through it. These holes are usually about the size of a pinhead, and they can be a sign of an active termite infestation.
- Buckling wooden or laminate floor boards: Termites can cause wood and laminate flooring to buckle or warp, which can be a sign of termite damage.
- Tiles loosening from the added moisture termites can introduce to your floor: Termites produce moisture as they tunnel through wood, which can cause tiles to loosen on your floor.
- Excessively squeaky floorboards: Termites can cause floorboards to become loose, which can create a squeaking sound when you walk over them.
- Crumbling, damaged wood: If you notice that your wood is crumbling or damaged, it could be a sign of termite activity.
- Stuck windows or doors: Termites can cause wooden frames to warp, which can make windows and doors difficult to open or close.
- Maze-like patterns in furniture, floorboards or walls: If you notice maze-like patterns in your wood, it could be a sign of termite activity. These patterns are created as termites tunnel through the wood.
- Mounds of drywood termite pellets, often resembling small piles of salt or pepper: Drywood termites produce small pellets as they tunnel through wood. If you notice small piles of pellets around your home, it could be a sign of termite activity.
- Piles of wings left behind after swarms, often resembling fish scales: Termites swarm when they are looking for a new place to establish a colony. If you notice piles of wings around your home, it could be a sign that termites have recently swarmed.
- Mud tubes climbing the foundation of your home: Termites use mud tubes to travel from their nest to their food source. If you notice mud tubes climbing the foundation of your home, it could be a sign of an active termite infestation.
By keeping an eye out for these signs of termite activity, you can detect an infestation early and take the necessary steps to prevent further damage to your home. If you suspect that you have a termite infestation, contact A1 Exterminators right away to assess the situation and provide treatment options.
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