Termite Awareness: Learn to Spot the Signs

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Unless termites are swarming, the chances of you spotting them are extremely low. Yet, termites still manage to cause over $5 billion in property damage each year.

Follow our tips to spot the signs of termites and protect your home against those wood-eating pests.

 

Spot the Signs

  • Swarm of winged insects
    • Flying termites have four wings and can be light or dark in color.
  • Hollow wood
    • If your wood sounds hollow when you tap it, there could be a hidden termite infestation.
  • Squeaky floorboards
    • Termite damage weakens floors, causing them to squeak.
  • Small holes in wood
    • Dry wood termites create tiny exit holes in wood. They are about 1/8 of an inch or smaller.
  • Bubbling or peeling paint that resembles water damage
    • Painted surfaces near termite infestation may bubble or peel.
  • Damage to floor joists or laminate flooring
    • Floor joists are weakened by termites and can collapse if they aren’t repaired correctly.
  • Termite excrement (frass)
    • Termite pellets indicate there are termites nearby.
  • Mud tubes
    • Subterranean termites use these “tunnels” to connect their colonies from underground soil to above-ground food sources. They’re usually found around subfloors, joists, and window frames.

 

 

Termite Prevention

Avoid moisture.

Since termites are attracted to moisture, prevent it from accumulating near your home’s foundation. With proper downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks, you can easily divert water away from your home.

 

Check your crawl space.

Make sure the crawl space underneath your home is properly ventilated – remove any shrubs, vines, or other vegetation that may grow over your vents.

 

Mind your mulch.

There is no evidence that termites are attracted to mulch, yet they make nice homes with favorable conditions for termites near your home. Even though the most commonly used mulches are low-quality food sources for termites, these pests still consume them to some extent.

 

Move your firewood.

Firewood stacked against your home is an open invitation for termites to come celebrate. Instead of stacking it against your home’s exterior, store your firewood away from your home.

 

Test for termites.

Make sure your home is protected against those wood-eating pests and have it inspected by a qualified professional. All BPG inspectors are ASHI-certified and meet ongoing training and performance standards. Our inspectors provide termite testing and can help you gain an overall perspective of your property.

Find your local BPG Inspector