Termite Troubles: Most 12 Signs of a Termite Infestation

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Termite Troubles: 12 Signs of a Termite Infestation

Termite Troubles 12 Signs of a Termite Infestation

Termites are hard to catch early, and they can contribute to a lot of extensive damage in homes and other buildings. If you suspect that you might have termites, you should check your home for these 12 signs of a termite infestation. If you notice any of these signs, you should seek professional termite treatment to take care of the issue. 

Damage in walls

Termites can cause a lot of damage to the walls in your home. There are many different types of damage that termites can cause, and you should check all of these to try and catch the termites early.

You should check your drywall for any discoloration or drooping features. Termite damage could also be apparent in paint and wallpaper. The drywall can also show minor, pin-sized holes that look similar to nail damage. You should also check your paint to see if there is any peeling paint or damage to your walls that look similar to water damage.

The paint or wallpaper on your walls may show signs of narrow, sunken winding lines or sunken areas. Paint can also show bubbling beneath the surface. These can be an indication of termites burrowing into your walls and creating a colony there.

Removing the wallpaper on your walls could reveal extensive termite damage on your walls. 

Damage in Floors

Floors can also show signs of termites, mainly wooden or laminate floors. If you notice your floorboards are sounding extra squeaky or seem to be buckling, this could be a sign of termites. Floor tiles can also become loose due to termites introducing excess moisture into your home’s foundation. Check your floors to see if you can identify termites or any signs of them.

The issues in your floor can look like water damage, but if there is no other indication that the problem could be caused by water, it is probably termites. You should inspect any unexplained damage to your floors more carefully, and if you think it might be termites, you should call in professionals to help you deal with it. 

Damaged Wood

Damaged WoodIf you are concerned about termites in your home, you should check any wood furniture or other exposed wood in your home. Termites can create crumbling and damaged wood, so if any wood looks damaged, that may be a sign of termites.

Another way you can try to check for termites is to tap on your wood. If the wood sounds hollow on the inside, that could be an indication of a termite infestation. Some termites eat only the inside of the walls and never fully emerge, but they can create hollow spots in the walls and floors. 

Stuck Windows and Doors

Wood can become buckled or warped from termites, which could damage your windows and doors. If you notice your windows or doors are becoming harder to open and close, this could be a sign of wood around the doors and windows being warped from termite damage. When you notice these issues, it could be a sign you should look into termite treatment options.

Maze-like patterns

Termites tend to eat through the wood in a maze-like pattern. You should inspect your furniture, floorboards, and walls for these patterns. These patterns are caused by mud tubes and eating patterns. If you notice any damage in a maze-like design, termites are very likely to be the issue and should be taken care of quickly. 

Mud tubes

A termite infestation will live in underground nests called mud tubes. They create these tubes to home their colony since the mud tubes can maintain the cool and dry environment that helps them to thrive. These tunnel-like structures are often found climbing from the ground to the foundation of your home, and in severe cases, they can even be found inside your home.

If the infestation is allowed to continue on for longer, the mud tubes can begin to form higher up on your property. They can show up near your roof and ceilings. 

Dried mud spots

Termites can also lead to dried mud spots in and around your home. The spots are very small, only around the size of a BB, and can be found on inside walls and sheetrock, paneling, or other wall coverings in and around your home.

Often if you scrape away the pieces of mud, you will find a hole behind it. The termites create mud spots to cover up the holes they make while eating. 

Drywood Pellets

One sign of termites is finding dry wood termite pellets around your home. These droppings often look like piles of salt and pepper, sawdust, or coffee grounds. This excrement gets into your home through holes in mud tubes that termites use to throw out their waste.  

Flying Termites

Sometimes you can catch flying termites known as swarmers in your home. They can sometimes be seen flying inside or outside your home. You can sometimes find dead or live termites in corners or near walls.

If you see flying termites anywhere on or around your property, you should get pest control to help you take care of a termite problem. Live termites can be seen most often when you are remodeling your home. Swarmers indicate a large termite problem since it takes quite a while for termite colonies to grow strong enough to produce swarmers. 

Wings

Flying termites can lose or discard their wings and be found on your home’s floor and window sills. The wings look like fish scales and are often found in piles. Swarmers fly into areas to find new places to build their colonies, and once they find a place to colonize, they twist their wings off and ditch them.

Moldy Scent

Termites can create a moldy scent in your home because they like moist wood. They can also create excess moisture in their colonies. The water in wood can create mold, so if you cannot find the source of moldy smells in your home, termites may be the culprit.

Damaged Ceilings and Supports

Damage caused by termites tends to create structural issues in your home. This structural damage can manifest through dropping ceilings and buckling support beams. Not only is this type of damage very expensive, but it can also be dangerous. Your home could end up falling apart if the structural damage becomes bad enough and could end up causing harm to the people living inside.

Dips and cracks in your ceiling can be an indication of termites causing structural damage. Another place you could see structural damage is by finding a door frame falling apart or collapsing.

If you notice any minor changes to the structure of your home, you should investigate further and get professionals to check for termites before the issues become more significant and extensive.

Before you Go

Termites can be hard to identify and catch before they cause damage. They can also be tough to get rid of. If you think you might have a termite infestation in your home, look out for these 12 signs. If you notice any of these signs, try to find termite treatment options in order to get rid of them. Catching termite colonies early can help make damages easier and cheaper to repair since they are likely less extensive.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I find it troubling that termites are pests that can affect your property since they feed on your home’s wooden components. I can see how finding someone who could prevent them from roaming around your home is a good idea. I’ll be sure to consider this if I end up owning a home someday.

  2. It’s nice that you mentioned how floors could also show signs of termites, mainly wooden or laminate floors. Our wooden floor is very squeaky right now and I think it might be because their insides are already compromised by termites. We need to take care of this ASAP, so I’ll ask for a professional termite treatment.

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