Top Three Termite Signs to Look for in Your Home

Termites are a national problem. Found in 49 states, experts estimate termites cause $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. Protecting your home before signs of termites arise is one of the best ways to help save money.

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Be proactive about preventing termite damage by searching for termite signs in your home on a periodic basis and maintaining a termite damage protection plan by a reputable company, such as Terminix, that includes an annual termite inspection. This removes the worry of having to repair new termite damage in your home.

Take a look at the top three signs of termite activity below:

1. Discarded Wings
Found: Leftover termite wings can be found near closed windows, doors and other home-access points.
Cause: When termites swarm out of their nest to try and start a new colony, they fly one at a time and only for a short distance. When they land, termites intentionally twist their wings off because they will never need them again.
Test: Confirm this surefire termite sign by looking at the discarded wings. Termite wings are all the same size while ants have one pair of larger wings (front) and one pair of smaller wings (rear).

2. Mud Tubes
Found: Pencil-sized mud tubes can be found wherever the ground meets your house or any other possible food source like a tree or shed.
Cause: Termites require certain temperature and humidity levels to survive. Their tunnels help block out cool, dry air, effectively turning your home into an environment where they can thrive.
Test: Leaving the ends of a mud tube intact, remove a small section in the center. If termites crawl out or if the section is rebuilt within a few days, termites are still active in your home. They may also choose to abandon the disturbed mud tubes and build new ones instead of rebuilding.

3. Damage
Found: Wood damage is found below and behind surfaces like walls, floors and more.
Cause: Termites chew through wood in search of cellulose, leaving behind long grooves. Over time, these grooves weaken the wood and create structural damage.
Test: Looking for below-the-surface wood damage is hard to do and best left to an expert. A specialist has tools to test hollowed-out areas for signs of termite damage, often without having to cut through walls or ceilings.

Unfortunately, even if you don’t see signs of termites, that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Concerned about termites? Protect your investment well into the future and schedule a termite inspection with a professional.

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