Termite infestation results in an estimated $5 billion worth of property damage to homes every year. The most common termites in the PNW are the Western subterranean termites and damp wood termites. These pests can go undetected for long periods of time, with a colony of termites numbering several thousand within a five-year period and eating up to a pound of wood a day.
Be on the lookout for the following signs, and have an annual termite inspection by a professional, and you can be sure your home and family are safe from damage by these pests.
1. Evidence of Termite Swarms
If you notice termite wings near areas such as windows and doors, it may indicate that termites have started a new colony in your home. Termites will typically dispose of their wings once they choose a new spot to mate and rebuild the colony.
2. Wood Flooring That Begins to Blister
Subterranean termites can damage subflooring which results in what appears to be water damage blistering on your home’s wood floors.
3. Damaged Wood in Walls or Floors
Wood damage that appears as long grooves in the surface, or a honeycomb texture, is a sign that termites have been chewing through the material looking for cellulose. The end result is a weakened structure.
4. Evidence of Mud Tubes
Subterranean termites build pencil-like mud tubes from their underground nests leading up to their food source. The tunnels help to maintain the temperature and humidity levels that termites need to survive. Look for tunnels leading from the ground to your home.
Schedule a Termite Inspection
Unfortunately, not seeing any visible signs of termites is not a guarantee you do not have a termite problem, and infestations of termites do not leave on their own. The best way to determine if you have a termite problem is by having a professional termite inspection. A-1 Exterminators has over 30 years of experience dealing with termite issues throughout Oregon. Contact us today for a termite inspection, so you can be confident that your home and family are protected.