Where Does Termite Damage Start?
If you notice the signs of termite damage, whether it’s damaged wood or peeling paint, it’s very likely that you have a serious infestation in your home.
Drywood termite damage begins to show signs in elevated areas of the home where there are drier wood sources. Dampwood and subterranean termites will enter a home after traveling through soil underground, and damage is likely to start in areas with excess moisture. It’s very difficult to notice the signs of termites in the early stages; the unfortunate truth is that most homeowners don’t realize they have a problem until the house has hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.
First Signs of Termite Damage
If you spot signs of termite damage without actively searching for it, your prognosis may not be great. Because termites cause structural damage hidden in your home, it can be difficult to spot until the infestation is quite serious. It’s always best to actively keep an eye out for the following warning signs of termite damage:
- Unexplained cracks on internal walls, ceiling beams, or rafters
- Bubbled or sagging areas in the floor
- Mud tubes on the exterior of the home
- Floorboards/baseboards feeling weakened or sounding hollow
- Broken roof tiles
- Doors and windows sticking
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Early Warnings of a Termite Infestation
If you’re lucky, you may notice signs of termites before extensive damage has been done. Some of the most obvious signs you have termites include mud tubes, holes in your wood, termite droppings (frass), discarded wings, and, of course, seeing swarmers. Termites can cause a lot of damage that goes unnoticed, so it’s important to stay vigilant about keeping your eyes peeled for possible signs of termites in your home or yard.
Taking Action After Seeing Termite Damage
As mentioned previously, keeping an eye out for termites year-round is your best chance at preventing a full-blown infestation. If you are even suspicious of having termites in your home, it’s smart to call a professional pest control company that can thoroughly inspect your home and seek out signs not visible to most people. Taking care to properly prevent termites can save you from a lot of costly expenses down the road.