Signs You Need To Call A Termite Exterminator

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Signs You Need To Call A Termite Exterminator

Signs You Need To Call A Termite Exterminator

17 March 2023
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Termites are sneaky. They can eat away at the wood in a home for years without the homeowners realizing it. Luckily, if you know the signs of a termite infestation, you are much less likely to overlook their presence. The following are the most common, yet sometimes subtle, signs that you need to call a termite exterminator.

Crumbling and Damaged Wood

Some species of termites eat into the wood from the outside. When this type of termite is in your home, the wood structures may begin to look like they are crumbling. They develop an overly textured look on the outside, and you may even see chards of wood or pieces of sawdust on the ground around them. 

Hollow Wood

If you have the type of termites that eat wood from the inside and eat outward, then some of your wood beams may start to sound hollow as you tap on them. It's not a bad idea to just tap on your larger wooden beams from time to time and see what they sound like. This way, you're more likely to notice changes in sound over time.

Termite Frass

Frass is termite waste. It looks like coffee grounds. If you have termites in your home, you might see frass at the base of wooden beams or along the baseboards. 

Piles of Wings

Some species of termites have wings at one stage in their life. They shed these wings as they mature. You may see the shed wings on windowsills or along baseboards. They are thinner than paper and have a translucent look. They can appear in large numbers if you have a large population of termites, or you may only see a few if your infestation is in its early stages.

Squeaky Floorboards

If you have hardwood floors, you may notice your floorboards becoming squeaky. This is because termites are eating away at the subfloor and ruining the connections between it and the baseboards.

Pinholes in your Drywall

Finally, you may notice tiny, pin-sized holes in your drywall. This is where the termites have chewed through the drywall to get to the wood behind it. They don't eat the drywall, but they can create minimal tunnels through it.

The earlier you do something about termites, the better. If you notice any of these signs, contact a termite exterminator for help. Termites are tough to get rid of on your own, but exterminators have the tools and know-how that you need.

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Welcome to my website. My name is Trina. I live in the country with my husband, our two children, two dogs, and three cats. I love country living with one exception... the pests! I am referring to wasps, stink bugs, and rodents. I don’t know why they don’t stay out in the woods, but they don’t. They seem to love our house. I was six months pregnant with our second child when we broke down and called a pest control service. The gentleman came out to talk to us, and I had many concerns. I was pregnant, we had a small child and our pets. The professional spent a great deal of time with us patiently explaining about the products they use in and around homes. I would like to share what we learned, and why we now have pest control service for our home.