2 Early Warning Signs of Termite Infestation

termite infestationTermite damage is a serious issue around the United States and the globe. In the U.S., termites damage roughly 600,000 homes every single year.

No homeowner wants to have to worry about these damaging pests, which is why it’s essential that you contact professional pest control services and do everything in your power to prevent any further damage from happening.

Termite prevention should be your first focus, but sometimes these termites can enter your home and cause damage even if you did everything in your power to prevent them. These small creatures can hide out in your lawn or wooded areas until it’s safe for them to attack your home and then begin their feeding process. They will bite through your home’s wooden structures in swarms that can cause serious and expensive damage to your home.

Aside from contacting a termite control company and having a professional exterminator come to your home and perform a thorough inspection, your best bet is to do an inspection around your home yourself. It’s important, however, that you are aware of exactly what you should be looking for. Here are a couple early warning signs of termites that you should look for.

Termite Droppings

These droppings are difficult to see, but if you know what you’re looking for, it should be much easier for you to find them and then take the necessary next steps to rid your home of all the unwanted termites. The droppings look like a form of sawdust, sometimes in pellet form, and will usually be in areas around windows, doors, and other openings in your home.

Damage to Any Wood

Keep an eye on all your wood both in and outside of your home. Obviously, if you notice any wooden damage in the interior of your home, it means termites are more than likely inside. But if you find damage to any outdoor wood, that’s a great warning sign that termites might soon make their way into your home. Although cracks and damage to wood aren’t always a sign of termite infestation, you still should inspect further any piece of wood to fully make sure. Slightly puncture a piece of wood to see if it’s completely hollow or not. Contact a professional pest control service exterminator as soon as possible if you find any damage to your home’s wood.

If you’re in need of professional pest control services, contact Essential Pest Control today.

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