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What Does Termite Damage Look Like?

Termites are a real pain to have in your McAllen home. Not only are they annoying, but they can cause real structural damage that costs thousands of dollars to repair and that can even create an unsafe living situation. Because the stakes are so high, it is important that you are able to spot the signs of termites and their damage before the problem gets out of hand.

In this article, we will tell you all of the important signs of termites and how to spot their damage. If you think you have a termite problem, then you need to act immediately. Call Fox Pest Control right away to receive your free inspection and quote. Let us confirm your termite problem and solve it for you.

What are Termites

Although most people have heard of termites, you may not be aware of wait they actually are. Termites are classified as an insect. There are three main types of termites: damp wood, dry wood, and subterranean. Unfortunately, the most destructive of these three types, the subterranean, is also the termite that is most likely to move in your home in McAllen, Texas.

Subterranean termites are about 1.8 inches long, they vary in color from cream to black, and they are long and oval. This type of termite can be found throughout the United States, and it prefers to eat any type of wood or drywall in your home.

Signs of Termites

The first step to identifying a termite problem is to recognize their signs. Make no mistake about it, if you see even one termite, you have a termite problem. Because you are much more likely to see signs of termites, not the insects themselves, seeing one is a major indicator of a big problem. Other signs of termites include:

  1. Mud tunnels: These are small, thin tunnels of mud that the subterranean termites build to provide safety as they travel from the nest to their eating site. Often mud tunnels will appear near baseboards and on supporting beams in your basement.
  2. Wings: Termites swarm when they are looking for a new nesting site. To perform their swarm, they fly. When they find a new home—this usually occurs in the springtime—they shed their wings. So, if you see a lot of wings in a doorway or underneath a window, they termites have likely decided that your McAllen home is a great nesting site.
  3. Droppings: Like all animals, termites leave droppings. Because their diet consists almost completely of wood, their droppings will be made of wood. If you see what looks like small wood pellets or shavings at the base of your wall or under mud tunnels, then you can assume these are actually termite droppings.

How to tell if you have termite damage

Now that you know how to decipher signs of termites, we also need to discuss how to notice signs of termite damage. If you suspect that you have a termite problem, then your next step should be to look for damage on any wood or drywall surfaces. Below are some of the most common types of damage.

  • You will know whether you have subterranean termites because they leave a honeycomb pattern with the grain in the wood. If this pattern of holes appear in the wood and you notice mud tunnels, then you definitely have a termite infestation.
  • Wood that has been damaged by termites will also sag and by loose. This sign is especially easy to experience with floorboards and tiles. As the support underneath them collapses, the surface you walk on will stop being stable.
  • You can also tap a section of the wall or floor that you suspect has termite damage. If it sounds hollow, then there may be a problem.

Yes, having termites in your home is a scary proposition. However, there is no need to panic. Your best bet is to call Fox Pest Control right away. Our technicians are termite removal experts with decades of combined pest control experience. Plus, if you call before 2 p.m., we will be at your house within four hours. If you suspect termite damage, don’t delay, contact Fox Pest Control today.

Posted on November 27, 2019.

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