What Does Termite Damage Look Like?
When it comes to diagnosing a termite infestation, the most indicative sign is damaged, tunneled-through, or hollowed-out wood.
Termite damage is often well-hidden within the structure of a home, but especially destructive infestations will start to show obvious signs, especially when the problem has been going on for some time. The appearance of termite damage can vary but generally manifests in unexplained wood damage, broken flooring, sagging ceilings, and more.
The most visible signs may be seen in the following areas of the home:
- Foam insulation
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Everyone knows that termites feast on the cellulose provided by wood, but what does a piece of wood look like after it’s been infested by a termite? A quick search online will show you the destruction termites cause to wood, but in general, wood is affected by termites in the following ways:
- When termites feed on cellulose, the wood will quickly become brittle and hollow.
- Outdoor wood piles or timber infested by termites will look like they’ve been completely carved and tunneled-through.
- In some cases, wood shavings may appear, and wood will be left looking rather splintered.
- In long-term cases, wood structures can begin to look warped or bent. This is often confused for water damage.
Noticing the Signs of Termite Damage
If you’ve noticed any of the aforementioned signs of damage, you very likely have an established termite infestation. Wood damage is almost always indicative of an infestation that has been ongoing. Because it takes a long time for termite damage to become noticeable, it’s important to have termite control services to prevent infestations. The damage caused by termites is often confused for other structural problems, which is why it’s essential to recognize the signs of their destruction and take initiative in having a professional investigate your home.