17 May How Do You Know If You Have Termites?
How Do You Know If You Have Termites?
Termites, while they are one of the smallest little creatures in the world, can be quite a challenge to deal with if they get inside your house or home. They can wreak serious havoc on your house. These tiny insects feed on wood and can easily turn your beautiful house into ruins.
Therefore, it is always a good idea to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to termites. Before diving straight into the signs of having termites in your house, it is best to have a little information that can help you avoid the entire situation altogether.
Termites require warm and moist conditions to survive, and they are usually attracted to damp/humid places or places with sweet food sources. Like any other insect, you can ensure that you avoid a termite infestation in your house, but you must first know that you have one in your home.
Most people find out they have a termite infestation in their house a little too late, and that causes them to suffer quite an expense to get rid of them and not to mention bear damages to their house too. So, you must first look for signs of whether you have a termite infestation or not.
Here are five significant signs that you should look out for:
Usually, termites live underground. However, when they do come above ground, they ensure that they have just the right conditions to survive. So, they start building mini mud tunnel-like structures on your walls or other places. However, it is often difficult to spot these little mud tubes, but even if you do spot them early on, even then, this means that it’s too late. This means that there are thousands of termites underground, and you already have an infestation underground that you need to get rid of.
Tiny Holes in Doors/Door Frames
Usually, an untrained eye would not be able to find them easily. However, if you have a termite problem, they are working hard to eat up all the wooden work in your house. Mostly, you can see tiny little holes in your doors or door frames, which are clear signs that you have a major termite infestation in your house.
Another significant sign of a termite infestation is hollow-sounding wood in your house. See, termites usually eat the wood from the inside and leave a thin layer on the outside. Now, this thin layer of wood may look damaged, but if you check it carefully, you will realize and come to find that it is empty on the inside. But this sign means that termites have done a lot of damage to the wood in your house. And unless you plan to get rid of them for good, you can say hello to a lot more of the hollow wood in your house than you have currently found.
Saw Dust & Discarded Wings
Though quite hard to notice, if you have a termite infestation in your house, you will find these two things: termite droppings around the woodwork and doors/doorframes in your house. Termite droppings look pretty similar to sawdust, and this means that your house has a termite problem waiting to be solved. Another way that can tell you that you have a termite infestation in your house is if you see piles of discarded wings in or outside your house.
Many other signs say that you have a termite problem, such as regular electrical short circuits in your house, damaged ceilings, paint, etc. However, what matters is what you do after finding out about a termite infestation. If you take immediate action and call a professional to take care of the problem, then the damage done can be controlled, and you can get rid of this problem. If not, you better have deep pockets because these little critters can be quite expensive to get rid of at times.
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