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How to Spot Termites

Termites are really dangerous for your home, and a decent sized infestation can cause serious damage to the wooden components of a house. That’s why it’s so important that you know how to spot termites around your home so that you can get a pest professional out there to assess the problem and to handle it as soon as possible.

Listen for Them

Tap on sections of wood around your home to hear if it makes a hollow sound. If you find a hollow section of wood in your home, it’s possible that you have a termite infestation slowly devouring the very planks that make up your home. You can get a better listen to the wood by using the back of a large screwdriver to tap.

Look for Wood Mounds

Termites push out feces that accumulates to the surface of where they are infesting. This often means that there are wood shavings or mounds of wood colored feces underneath the wooden structures that are being eaten away. Look around your home for these shavings, and check underneath wood flooring and other structures to see if you can find them.

Shelter Tubes

Termites often create shelter tubes up the side of a home that help them get in and out of the house. These tubes look like small passageways that go up the side of your home. If you find one of these, you have termites in your house and you should follow the tube up to see where the infestation goes. Follow it up and make note of the spot to tell the expert after you call a professional in.

Look for Termites

Termites are a pale yellow color, most of the time and they have six legs with a set of pincers up front. Look at photos of termites and make sure you know how to properly identify them. Now that you know what they look like, search around your home for any signs of the pests and try to pinpoint their exact location if you can.

Finding termites is difficult, but if you have any reason to suspect that you have some in your home, it’s important that you call a professional service to come and take care of them for you. You won’t regret calling in the pros, because they can save your home by stopping the infestation quickly. Just be sure that you work with a good quality company to make sure that the work is done properly.

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