How to Spot Termite Damage Early

March 18, 2013By 0 Comments

Most property owners already know that termites are something that they should fear, but until they start to see signs of damage the prospect of termites is often “out of sight and out of mind”. But if left unchecked, these insects can wreak havoc on a home or business by eating through the wood and causing thousands of dollars in damage.

The average homeowner does not need to be a termite control expert to spot problems. Simply by raising your awareness of the early signs of termite trouble, you can potentially spot termite damage as early as possible, before it becomes a significant and costly problem.

The following are 4 helpful tips that will help you so that you can spot damage from these villainous insects early:

Tip #1 – Knock on the Walls and Wood

Take a screwdriver and gently start tapping on your walls with the handle. Listen for hollow sounds in the wood. When termites are eating, they are going to create tunnels through the wood and in the walls. These tunnels, when tapped, are going to have a different sound from the solid wood, and it should be relatively easy for you to head.

You should make sure that you check through all of the different areas of your property from the bottom all the way up to the roof. In addition, if you have a garage or any types of outbuildings, you are going to want to check those as well.

Tip #2 – Look for Crumbling Wood

Another one of the signs that termites are starting to invade your home is crumbling wood. They dig through the wood and eat it, and that means they are going to leave quite a mess behind. Look for what appears to be sawdust near the base of the wood and on the floor. In addition, start looking for some gaps between the wood from where the insects might be eating.

Tip #3 – Watch for Mud Tubes

Mud tubes are another good indicator of what you want to look for when trying to identify a termite problem early. The insects use these tubes like roads, traveling from the main colony to your property. You should be able to see the holes and the tubes that lead away from your property and back to their colony.

Tip #4 – Look at the Trees on Your Property

In addition to looking at your home, you are also going to want to look at the plants and trees on your property. Termites are going to eat more than just your home. They eat wood and that can include trees. If you notice some of the trees in the area are dying, it could be because it has a termite infestation. They will sometimes eat through the trees before they start in on your house. If you notice a problem with the flora on your property, it could be a sign that termites are active.

If you notice any of the above signs, then you are going to want to make sure that you contact the professionals at Fischer Environmental as soon as possible for service anywhere along the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast from Gulfport / Biloxi to metro New Orleans, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. Don’t let the termite problem get out of control.

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