Termites are a common household pest that you do not want in your home. These pests usually target homes that have water damage, or moisture issues, so your home usually has some sort of damage already, although once termites get through with it, they may have extensive damage to your home. If you aren't sure if you have termites, there are signs you can look for and ways to tell.
Read on for a few ways to see if you could use termite control services.
1. Sawdust Piles
Sawdust piles may be heavily prevalent, especially if you have a major termite problem. They are chewing through wood and leaving sawdust in their wake. Termites chew through the wood and take what they can back to their colony. They may drop some along the way to their colony. If you see piles of sawdust, you need to pay attention to other signs and look for any living pests surrounding the area.
2. Mud Tunnels
Mud tunnels are where the colonies are going to be. If you see those mud tunnels, you need to spray them and squash them to get rid of the tunnels themselves, any larvae inside, and the colony that may also still be alive inside. Mud tunnels appear much like those of a mud dauber, so look for the pests going to and from these tunnels to be sure what you are dealing with. Mud daubers may sting, so keep a close eye out for what pests are inside.
3. Hollow Wood
Hollowed wood on your home or wood that appears to have holes in it may be caused by termites. Termites can leave wood completely hollow, and you can see the holes inside. You may also be able to see termites actually inside the wood itself. Wood that is hollowed out or damaged should be removed completely and replaced with new wood that is treated. Spray the area in which you spotted the termites to be sure you are rid of these pests in your home. Replace the damaged wood and make any necessary repairs to your home if you had water damage that lured these pests to your home in the first place.
If you suspect you have termites in your home, you should hire a pest control specialist to help you get rid of them. Termites can leave behind a lot of costly damage in their wake. Hire a pro to ensure you are completely rid of these pests.