When you are thinking of a termite, you may be wondering how something so small can create so much damage.
And the fact of the matter is that you are not dealing with just one termite. If you have termite damage, you are dealing with a host of termites. They are very helpful to the ecosystem as they help wood breakdown. However, that same skill is not as appreciated when you find it in your home.
Here are a few ways that you can tell if you may be dealing with termites.
There are quite a few different types of termites, and each of them can cause different types of damage. Subterranean termites live in the loose soil and ground around houses. The damage that they produce may be comparable to what you would find with water damage. If you are noticing buckled wood, swollen doors, and wood flooring, and damage to your ceilings then you may be suffering from termite damage. Also, pay attention to the smells in your house. If you are smelling a moldy or mildew smell, that is another sign that you have termites.
Drywood termites like to feed on dry wood as their name suggests. Even if your home is not made of wood, these termites can travel through siding, plaster, and metal to get to your home’s furnishings, cabinets or other wooden items. If you start to see veneer cracks or maze-like tunnels on any of your home’s wood furnishings, that is the clue that you may be dealing with termites. You will also want to pay attention to frass, termite droppings. While subterranean termites use their droppings to build their tunnels, dry wood termites will expel theirs, and you will find tiny black marks and dark powdery substances on the items that are infested.
If you think that your home may be dealing with termites, it is best to call a professional in right away. At Pete’s Pest Control, we can help you deal with your termites right away and help you from having any further attacks. Please call us today.