Nicknamed “silent destroyers,” termites seek out moisture-damaged homes and chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper — causing structural damage that is typically not covered by homeowners insurance. Alameda Termite & Structural says, “If a termite problem is suspected or a termite problem is found, homeowners should contact a pest professional to assess the severity of the situation and recommend a treatment plan, as termites often cause damage to homes completely behind-the-scenes.”
Discarded wings, near window sills and doors, are often the only outwardly visible sign of an infestation, the company says. Subterranean termites build mud tubes found near the home’s foundation to provide moisture while they travel between their colony and food source.
Wood that is soft and sounds hollow when tapped, or dark and blistering pieces of wood. Uneven or bubbling paint is often a sign of moisture build up, which could mean one of two things – water damage or termites. Also, look for light, wood-colored droppings that resemble sawdust inside or outside the home.
Another sign may include quiet clicking sounds coming from the walls. Soldier termites bang their heads against the wood or shake their bodies when the colony is disturbed to signal danger to the other termites. The worker termites, which are the ones who love eating woodwork, are noisy eaters.
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