Where Does Termite Damage Start?
Noticing early signs of a termite infestation can be difficult, but seeing shed wings, damaged wood, or peeling paint is a clear indication of an infestation.
Drywood termite damage will begin in elevated areas of the home with drier wood sources. Subterranean and formosan termites will enter a home after traveling through soil underground, and damage is likely to start in areas with moisture. The unfortunate truth is that most homeowners don’t realize they have a problem until the house has been significantly impacted by termites. Knowing the earliest signs of termites that may be in your home can help protect you from the destruction of a severe infestation.
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 deep inside the home, it can be difficult to spot until the infestation is quite severe. It’s always best to actively keep an eye out for the following first 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 weak or sounding hollow
- Broken roof tiles
- Doors and windows sticking
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 swarming termites. Termites can cause a lot of damage that goes unnoticed, so it’s important to look for early signs whenever possible to avoid absolute destruction of your home.
Getting Professional Termite Help Immediately
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. Staying vigilant about preventing termites can save you the expense and frustration of an infestation down the road.