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How Do I Know If I Have Termites in My Home?

Every home has termites. It’s just a fact. It’s when an infestation becomes particularly advanced that damage to your property can occur and it can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars to repair. That’s money coming out of your pocket as termite damage is not usually included in your homeowner’s insurance policy.

That’s why it’s important to know if termites are causing undue wear and tear to your home, before it grows into an insurmountable problem. The best solution to keep pests away is to call your local Pest Authority of Birmingham and if you come across any of the following indications that you have a termite problem, your next move will be to make that call.

The Sounds of Termites

Yup, they make noises and you can bet you’ll hear them. They make a clicking noise which comes from the sound of the little pests knocking their tiny heads against the interior of your walls. This is a warning signal to other termites in the colony when they sense danger.

You may also hear the actual sound of these nuisances consuming your wood. They are not quiet eaters and if you are sitting in a silent room by yourself, you will be able to hear them. The vibrations of these termites moving and chowing down through the wood is something you will detect before long if there is an apparent infestation.

Hollow Wood

So those termites are making a smorgasbord of your wood. But when the meal is done, you’re going to discover the affected area has become thin. So thin, in fact, that you can punch a hole through the wood with little to no effort exerted whatsoever.

If you discover any areas where the wood has been reduced to a thin layer of veneer and paint and it appears as if your home that portion of your home were made of paper, this is a definite indication you have a significant termite problem that must be addressed as soon as possible.

Warped and Blistered Floorboards

While your door frame might look as if it were eaten away from the inside out, you won’t find such an obvious indication of termite infestation along your floorboards. Flooring will appear buckled or blistered instead after termites have been at it. These tell-tale signs of damage are caused as a result of the subflooring being eaten away.

When the subflooring is impacted in that manner, it will start to affect the planks of your flooring giving them the appearance of water damage. But it’s not moisture that has made your floor look like that, it’s the damage caused by termites underneath.

Termite Remnants

You may already think that the very idea of having termites in your home is pretty disgusting. It’s even worse when you discover what termites will leave behind near places like doors and windows. We’re talking piles of termite wings, gathered in small areas of ingress. This is due to the termites swarming from their nesting places to find new hiding spots to burrow and mate, creating more termites.

During this process, they rip their own wings from their torsos because they no longer need them now that they’ve found their next home in a wood rich environment somewhere else in the house.

Fecal Matter

If the severed wings weren’t bad enough, the termites are also relieving themselves near their infestation sites. It’s called frass and it’s an obvious sign you have a problem. Some species of termites will use their feces to build tunnels while others find their own fecal matter a less useful and thus dispose of it near the entrance of a nest.

You can identify frass as tiny black marks and dark powder along any locations where termites have chosen to burrow and nest.

Damage to Your Wood

Of course, you will also discover the damage left behind in your wood by termites. They’re seeking out the cellulose in the wood to feed themselves and that results in a certain type of damage being done. It has a very specific appearance.

You can tell you have a termite issue from grooves that have formed over long portions of the surface in your wood. This might be apparent in flooring, walls, door and window frames, anything wood really. It comes from the chewing that is being done from inside the wood. This will obviously impact the structural integrity of the wood and cause potential hazards, such as the wood collapsing in on itself.