Signs of an existing termite infestation include wall damage, floor damage, piles of pellets, and carved patterns in your home’s wood. Unfortunately, nearly anyone could have termites: they’re found on every continent in the world except Antarctica. The longer termites are established, the worse the damage they can inflict.
The best way to prevent severe termite damage is to identify and control infestations as quickly as possible. The best way to identify termites is to watch for telltales signs of their presence. Here’s what you should know about spotting termites in your home:
How can I tell if I have termites?
There are a few key signs of an existing termite infestation, including:
- Wall damage. This will show up in a variety of ways. Drywall becomes discolored and droopy with small pinprick holes. Paint chips and wallpaper peels away from the wall.
- Floor damage. A termite infestation will introduce extra moisture to the wood inside your home. This can cause wooden flooring to buckle and warp. Laminate can peel and tiles will loosen from their fittings.
- Small piles of pellets. Termite waste looks like little piles of sawdust, or salt and pepper.
- Visual patterns in wood. If you have wooden furniture, floorboards, or wall fixtures, you'll start noticing patterns. These patterns will be small and maze-like, stretching across wooden surfaces.
What should I do if I’ve found a termite colony on my property?
What you shouldn’t do if you’ve found a termite colony on your property is freak out. What you should do is call a professional pest removal company; termites problems are incredibly difficult to treat yourself.
Because termite damage is so immense, the price of professional help is totally worth the guarantee it brings. Depending on the type, size, and severity of your termite problem, a professional pest control company will be able to create a customized plan. This plan will remove existing colonies as well as make your home inhospitable to future infestations.
How can I prevent termite problems in the first place?
The easiest way to prevent a termite problem is to limit their access to water, food, and shelter. Keep moisture from building up with humidity control and by keeping an eye on your plumbing.
Avoid using raw wood furniture and items to limit their access to food. Instead, opt for treated, painted, or varnished wood—it’s much less appealing to hungry bugs! Termites live in any place they can hide. Make sure you keep your home clean, even its darkest nooks and crannies.
However, even when you do everything right, sometimes unwanted visitors still show up. If they do, call the team at Plunkett’s Pest Control. We know how to safely and quickly remove pests for your home… termites or otherwise!