Nothing causes fear for any homeowners as termites do. No wonder these silent invaders are responsible for destroying $5 billion worth of property every year, according to the National Pest Management Association.
Termites do not choose where to live; you can even find them at the Statue of Liberty and the White House. Industry veteran U.S Termite & Moisture Control advises homeowners to eliminate the unwanted guests in a prompt and efficient manner by identifying and controlling pests around your property first.
Here is how you can tell if you’ve got them:
Piles of discarded wings
After termites swarm, they shed their wings. Their wings look like fish scales. This is the most visible indicator that you have a termite problem. You may not see the actual swarm because it occurs quickly, but a pile of wings in the window or basement indicates that a group of termite is present in your home.
Pencil size tunnels
Termites do not roam around like ants. They build a pencil size tunnels through wood or any other material where they can hide. If you see one, try to break it to know if termites are active. If it is empty, it doesn’t necessarily mean that termites are gone; they might only leave the area temporarily. If the hole is dry and crumbles easily, this is a sign that termites are present in your house.
Have you observed that the walls in your house suddenly peeled? This might be because termites are close behind it. Termites bring moisture with them to live, but any painted surface that has moisture behind it causes peeling or bubbling.
Termites pose a serious threat in your home. If you observed these signs in your home, termites have surely invaded your home. The best way to get rid of unwanted little guests in your property effectively is through pest control.