Termites are a major problem in the United States. They can cause significant damage to your home if not detected and treated early. Here are six warning signs that you may have a termite problem.
1. You Notice Swarmers Near Your Home
Swarming termites are a surefire sign that there is a problem. Swarmers are the reproductive members of the colony, which leaves them with the sole purpose of starting new colonies. If you notice large insects flying near your home, you may have a termite problem.
2. You See Termites in Your Home
If you see termites in your home, it is certainly a problem. Termites often travel through walls and ceilings in search of food. If you see them, it is likely that they have already caused damage to your home.
3. You Find Damaged Wood in or Around Your Home
Termites eat wood, and they will leave visible damage to the exposed surfaces of the wood. This is called "frass." Some species expel their frass from tiny holes in exposed wood, while others create billowing masses on surfaces like floors and walls. If you see frass or larvae-like bodies crawling along exposed wood, you may have a termite problem.
4. You See Mud Tubes on or Near Your Home
Termites create mud tubes as they travel between their underground nest and the food sources above ground. If you see tubes of mud on or near your home, you will likely have a termite problem and need termite extermination.
5. You Hear Strange Noises Coming from Your Walls
When termites are chewing on wood, they make a distinctive noise that can be heard from inside the home. If you hear strange noises coming from your walls, you may have a termite problem and you definitely need termite extermination services to diagnose the problem.
6. You Have a History of Termite Problems
If you have had termite problems in the past, you are more likely to have them again. If you have any of the signs listed above, it is important to call a termite extermination service right away.
Even if you have not had a termite problem but you live in an area known to have termite problems, it is important to be especially vigilant about termites. Check your home frequently for signs of termites and contact a termite exterminator if you suspect a problem.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), residents of the United States spend anywhere between $1 billion and $2 billion each year trying to eliminate Formosan termites. If termites are detected and treated early, it is possible to save both your money and property. Call us today if you suspect termite problems in your home.