Signs you Have Termites
Serving Illinois and Indiana
One of the reasons termites are able to do so much damage is because they’re hard to detect. You typically can’t see or hear them, and it usually takes a trained inspector to find signs of an infestation.
Some signs of a serious termite infestation include:
- Mud Tubes: These are thin tunnels that are typically found around a termite nest. They’re built from pieces of wood and soil and look like a long mound that winds in a single direction. To check if a mud tube is active, just break it open. Termites will be traveling through the tunnel if they’re still calling your home their home.
- Wood Damage: Termites will leave wood looking like it’s water damaged, which may make the wood appear rippled, buckled, and swollen. You may also see visible mazes within wood structures.
- A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home.
- Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings).
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
- Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in crawl spaces.
- Discarded wings from swarmers.
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Is it Too Late to Stop the Termite Infestation?
Unfortunately, by the time you notice these signs, it usually means the infestation is severe. In order to spot them, experts use specialized equipment – and often extract samples to test for presence. If you suspect a termite problem, don’t wait to act.