Have You Noticed These Signs of Termites?

Termite infestations typically cost homeowners thousands of dollars to remedy. The structural damage termites cause is not only expensive to fix, but can make your house unsafe. Pay attention to these signs of termites so that you can catch an infestation early.

Piles of Frass

Termite droppings are called frass. Frass looks like small piles of sawdust or sand, and if you have a termite infestation, you may notice piles of this substance around your home. The piles of frass are typically found near windowsills, baseboards, and door frames.

Mud Tunnels

Subterranean termites build mud tunnels to protect themselves while traveling from underground into a house. Mud tunnels on the outside of the foundation are signs of termites. To find out if the tunnel is active, break a portion of it open. If it gets repaired, you have an active termite infestation.

Sticking Doors and Windows

When termites damage the structure of your home, it can make the doors and windows not fit properly. If doors or windows have become difficult to open or close and are sticking to the frame, this may be a sign of termites. Call a termite inspector for further investigation.

Discarded Insect Wings

After termites swarm, they discard their wings. Insect wings around the window sills and doorways in your home are signs of termites. Act quickly if you see insect wings laying around your home. Termites mate after a swarm, so this is a critical time to eliminate them.

Call a Termite Inspector if You See Signs of Termites

The first thing you should do if you notice any of these signs is to contact a professional termite inspector. The inspector will give you information about where the infestation is located, how the termites are entering, and what is required for remediation. Schedule a termite inspection yearly to protect your home against a termite infestation.

Steve Smallman Property Inspections provides termite inspections and other Raleigh home inspection services. Contact us to schedule an appointment in the NC Triangle.

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