How Termite Damage Can Harm Your Property

Termites cause billions of dollars of damage every year in the United States. One of the reasons for this is that termite activity often progresses undetected until the damage inflicted is severe and widespread. It’s essential for all homeowners to know what to watch out for, and to contact a pest management company right away if any signs of termites are noticed.

 

Types of Structural Damage

Termites do cause cosmetic damage, but they will also literally eat your home out from under your feet. They feast on wood—from the floor joists to the rafters. Over time, these tiny pests can cause structural failure of the following areas of your home:

 

  • Support beams.
  • Posts.
  • Wall studs.
  • Ceiling joists.
  • Roof supports.
  • Foundation.
  • Attic.

 

It’s commonly thought that termites only eat wood. In reality, they also enjoy dining on sheetrock, plaster, and insulation. Even metal siding is susceptible to termite damage. Once termites begin to attack a home, they’ll need to be completely eradicated before repairs can be made. And in some cases, if termites have been allowed to eat their way through a home unchecked for a few years, the house may be beyond repair and will need to be demolished.

 

Signs of a Termite Infestation

People who live in warm climates, such as in Arizona, need to be particularly vigilant about the signs of a termite infestation. Call in the pest control experts if you notice swarms of insects near your home—subterranean termites generally swarm in the springtime. Keep an eye out for piles of discarded wings near your home, as well. Other indicators of a termite infestation include:

 

  • Frass. These are brown droppings left by termites. They have an appearance similar to sawdust.
  • Mud tubes. These tubes allow termites to reach new areas to feed and nest. Walk around your home’s exterior periodically and inspect the foundation walls for mud tubes.
  • Wood damage. You probably won’t see wood damage right away, as termites prefer to attack the insides of wooden structures rather than the outside surfaces. However, you may be able to detect it using sound. Knock on wooden structures throughout your house—if any sound hollow, termites may be making themselves comfortable in your home.

 

If termites are threatening your property, you need professional pest control services you can count on. Get in touch with Essential Pest Control today at (520) 908-6251. Our friendly team in Tucson will perform a full evaluation of your property, and provide an effective solution for your termite problem.

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