How To Know When You Have A Termite Problem

Posted on: 22 February 2016

Having any type of pest in your home can be a nuisance, but some pests do permanent damage to your home's structure, such as termites. These pesky insects can eat right through the wood in your home and require extensive repairs. Here are some common signs that you have a termite problem.

Painted Wood is Cracked

While it can take a while before you notice actual tunnels and severe damage of wood in your home, you might first notice changes in the paint. Look for any cracking or bubbling of paint on wood surfaces, whether it is outside your home on your deck and railing, or inside with your wood furniture. You might also find the cracked paint around the window frames or on the wooden baseboards. If you have wood materials on your roof, make sure you inspect those as well.

The Wood in Your Home is Hollow

Another sign to look for in the wood in or around your home is when it sounds hollow. Termites often remain hidden, and their entrances into the wood is not always easy to see. However, if you suspect you might have a termite problem, you can start by knocking against different wood furniture and foundation materials to see if there is a hollow sound. This is often a sign of termites since they enter the wood and start eating it from the inside.

There is Structural Damage

Other signs are more obvious and can point to a termite problem. Having structural damage is a very common sign of termites, but is also a sign that you have had termites for a while. It can take a while for termites to go through wood so much that the wood starts to collapse. If your porch railing collapses or your wood deck has major holes in it, you know you have a big termite problem. When you have these types of signs, you need to consult a pest control company right away. Once the pests have been dealt with, you will need a contractor to help make repairs.

If you suspect that you have termites, call a pest control company, like Swat Bug Killers Pest Control, right away. They will inspect your entire home and property and get rid of them right away. It might require moving out temporarily until the problem has been dealt with. They will then help you take steps toward preventing another infestation in the future.