Mini-Guide To Spotting Termite Damage In Your Frisco Home Before It Is Too Late
January 9, 2020
Sneaking through homes and buildings all over the country, these dangerous insects are notorious for their love of all things wooden, wet, and warm.
Hungry and destructive termites can go unnoticed for long periods of time. Using their quiet dispositions and winged colonizers to their advantage, these crafty critters often invade Frisco homes. Since DIY or self-remedied preventative measures aren’t usually enough to keep termites out of a home, it’s highly important that homeowners be educated on the evidence indicating a termite infestation.
What Are The Signs of Termites in Your Home?
A good way for homeowners to know if they have termites in the house is to keep their eyes and ears peeled for signs of activity. Some tell-tale signs include:
- Soft clicking sounds from the walls. This may be heard if many termites are at work just beneath the surface or if a stethoscope is used.
- Hollow-sounding wood when knocked or tapped upon. Some structures may be so hollowed out that they begin to bend or yield to the touch.
- Droppings known as frass around kickout holes in floors, walls, and furniture.
- Tight-fitting doors and windows. These should always be a quickly-addressed issue. While moisture or water rot concerns may be causing this, termites have been known to affect even these less-than-obvious areas of the home.
- What appears to be water damage appearing on ceilings and floorboards. This can actually be the hollowing out of wood, weakening its structural integrity.
- Termite mud tubes on foundations and cellar walls.
How Do You Identify Termites?
Termites are easily identified by seeing one or more of the following:
- Flying termites, called swarmers, around the home, should always be cause for concern. You may see these swarmers outside your home, briefly, or their shed wings on foundation walls or cellar windows. If you see them inside, this is an indication of an active termite infestation within your walls.
- 'White ants’ seen inside a wall that has been knocked out to make way for new construction. These also may be seen inside rotting logs outside.
If you think or know that these insects are present but want a second opinion, schedule your free home inspection with Adams Exterminating Company today.