Most people who live in a termite-infested house, could stay their whole lives without ever realizing they have a problem. The problem comes when they try to re-sell their house and the inspection shows that they have a termite issue. Don’t let that happen to you.
If you have a hunch that you might have a termite problem in your home, you want to tackle it as soon as possible. You might be wondering, how do you know if you have a termite problem?
There are a few ways to find out; let’s dive into it.
How to Know if You Have Termites?
The first thing you want to do is look for some of the warning signs of termites. You want to look for something called mud tubes. These appear like small lines of dust along the perimeter of your home both inside and outside. You’ll find these along the walls and they are mostly the transportation route for the termites to make their way in from the outside.
These holes are around the size of a pencil, and you can break them open to see if there are termites inside.
The Dangers of Termites
We’ve all seen these unbelievable stories of termites causing horrible damage to properties. While this is uncommon, it can happen to anyone. Termites could cause severe damage if you do not eliminate the problem immediately.
While devastating damage is not typical, many things can happen to your property, such as:
Structural damage – Termites live in the walls and they pass through studs and beams of your home. When this happens, it causes weak points in the wood. Sometimes the timber holding up your home can even feel soft, which is not only a resale problem, but it’s dangerous for you and your family.
Carpets – Termites reproduce in your carpets during the spring, and you’re only causing the infestation to worsen by allowing this to happen. The longer you wait, the more damage you are causing down the road.
Foundational – Gaps or cracks in your foundation will allow termites to make their way into your home. In large amounts, they can even cause damage to the structural integrity of your house from the ground up.
Why Do Termites Enter Your Home
There are many different reasons why termites might enter your home. Generally, they come due to the presence of rotting wood. This is why termites are more common in older properties. Termites also live in mulch and decaying woodpiles that lean up against your home.
One of the best ways to prevent them from getting inside the house is to remove these things from the exterior of your property. If anything is touching your home from the outside, you want to create a separation between it and your home. Our expert pest control technicians have decades of experience getting rid of termites.
Capelouto Termite & Pest Control Can Help
If you start to see some of the signs of an infestation you don’t want to wait around. Termites could cause permanent damage to your property if you don’t take a proactive approach to drive them out. Keeping them away is essential. We specialize in eliminating termites and preventing them from back. If you think you might have a termite problem, don’t hesitate to contact us today.