Signs of Termite Infestation in Your Home

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Every home owner should be proactive to watch for signs of a termite infestation, especially because termite damage can be very expensive to repair. Unfortunately, home owners don’t always pay attention to these signs, resulting in situations where the termites have caused a lot of damage and the repair bills are quite costly. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause $5 billion in damages every year!

Here are a few signs of termites that you should be looking for:

Swarms of InsectsSigns of Termite Infestation

Termites can take flight when they reproduce and create new colonies, and you might see them swarm during certain times of year. If you see a bunch of discarded wings or you notice a swarm of insects inside or around your house, then you could potentially be dealing with a termite problem.

Hollow Sound When Tapping of the Wood

Typically, termites prefer to stay in dark areas, so they will likely be out of site when they are feeding on the wood in your home. Even if the surface of the wood looks smooth and untouched, these pests might be causing damage beneath the surface. Tap on the wood and listen for a hollow sound, which might indicate that the termites are eating the wood inside.

Paint Problems on the Surface of Wood

Look at the quality of the paint, because cracking paint might create an entrance for the termites. Inspect these cracks to see if there are any signs of damage to the wood. If you find cracks or distorted paint, then the best approach is to talk with a pest control specialist to ensure that you aren’t dealing with an infestation. Once it has been determined that the termites have been eliminated, then those cracks can be filled in to prevent another infestation in the future.

Your home is a big investment, which means that you need to be proactive to protect your living space. At Mathews Termite & Pest Service, we will come to your home to identify if you have a termite infestation. We will also offer treatment suggestions to help you eliminate the termites and protect your home. Call us today for more information about the services that are available: (951) 751-0885

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