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Spotting A Termite Problem

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As a homeowner, you want to be diligent about staying on top of the condition of your home. Along with making sure your roof is in good shape and the plumbing and electrical is all in good working order, you also want to be on the lookout for termites. Termites are very dangerous to the well-being of your house. They will burrow in the wood and destroy your home out from under you. This article will educate you on what to look for so you can spot a possible termite infestation.

Look for wings around your house

Since termites tend to stay hidden, you may not see termites around your home, but this doesn't mean they aren't there. Termites tend to act out a quick swarming during reproduction. It can take place so fast that it can occur when you aren't home and be over with by the time you return. You will be able to tell if there has been a swarm of termites because they will leave hundreds of wings behind. If you see this, then you know you more than likely have a problem with termites.

Look for tunnels

When termites travel outside of the protection of the wood, they will still want to stay covered. In order to do this, they will create dirt tunnels to travel through. You can identify these tunnels by their appearance and location. Termite tunnels will travel along the outside of the wall and they will be brown. The tunnels are about the width of a coffee straw, sometimes a little bit wider.

Hollow wood

If you tap on a piece of healthy wood, you will hear the thickness and the definite "thud" sound of wood that's undamaged. However, when you tap on wood that's been destroyed by termites, it will sound as if it is hollow and thin. If you take a hammer or mallet to your walls, you want them to all sound healthy. If there are hollow areas, it can definitely indicate a possible termite problem.  

Small holes

Termites may enter in the wood around your home by way of small holes. Therefore, you should watch for small holes anywhere in the wood, but especially around the window sills, door jams and baseboards.

If you feel you may have a problem with termites in your home, you should call out a pest control company, such as Palm Springs Pest Control Inc, right away. The sooner you get rid of them, the less damage there will be to your home.