Every homeowner wants to prevent termite infestations. Termites harm the value, stability, and appearance of your house. Their destruction is gradual, making it hard for unsuspecting homeowners to realize it is occurring. The earlier you identify a termite problem, the faster you can solve it with the help of a pest control company. Look out for these signs of termites in your home.

Swarmers and Cast-Off Wings are Signs of Termites

Flying termites and piles of discarded wings are some of the sure signs that you have an infestation. Termites swarm to find a new place to start a colony, and they discard their wings afterwards. If you find piles of insect wings in your home, this means that termites have likely started a colony there. It is most common for subterranean termites to swarm during springtime, after a rainstorm.

Hollowed Wood

Termites damage wood from the inside out, making it difficult to notice. When termite damage is severe, wood surfaces may sound or feel hollow when tapped on. Sometimes it is so weak that you accidentally push your hand through it. This is one of the more advanced signs of termites in your home. Ignoring this sign could lead to dangerous hazards, especially when support beams are infested.

Noises in the Walls are Signs of Termites

You might think that termites are too small to produce any audible sound. Termites behind the walls do make noise that you may hear if you listen very carefully. This noise comes from them eating materials and banging against the walls when they sense danger. They tap their heads against walls to communicate with other termites.

Windows and Doors Don’t Open and Close Easily

There are several reasons why your doors and windows may not close or open easily. You shouldn’t assume that it is the weather or wear and tear. Termites could be the real cause.

Termite Droppings

Frass, or termite droppings, is another one of the signs of termites in the home. Termites push their waste out of their entry holes in wood. It looks like piles of wood shavings or coffee grounds on trim or the floor.

Do not wait for termites to multiply and build a colony in your home before you take action. Be proactive and inspect for signs of a termite infestation. Hire a professional to complete this inspection once a year.

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