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Evidence of Termites
If you want to prevent the extensive damage that termites can cause, you need to be able to identify any existing damage so that you know that termites are your problem. Even if you suspect termites, you can still employ termite control services to verify whether or not your suspicions are correct.
But it is still good for you to know what to look for so that you can have the problem taken care of immediately. If you don't have the problem taken care of immediately, a plethora of problems could occur. The most severe of those problems is the structural damage that is caused. Although termites work slowly, they can do a lot of damage if they are not discovered - you definitely don't want to end up buying a home with termite damage.
There are tunnels that are made by termites. The subterranean termite will create tunnels of mud that can go up your foundation and into the cracks of it in order to make their colony inside your walls. These tunnels are made out of mud, saliva, and feces.
You may also want to look around your property for any mounds on the ground that can indicate termites. The mounds tend to be more complex and larger than those made by ants. Some species of termites will make them out of clay. However, you need to look in trees as well because there are those will make nests in trees.
In order to tell the difference between a hornet nest and a colony of termites in a tree, the nest looks like a hard ball and it is dark in color. Hornet nests are "swirly" in appearance and have a small opening that allows the hornets to move in and out. They are also frequently found around the home at the base or in the eaves.
And if by some chance you are able to see the wood within your home, you will see tunnels burrowed out, which is what drywood termites do as they feed. You may even wish to evaluate your furniture because termites will consume furniture as well. If there is wood of any type or books, termites will find it and consume it.
Termites leave behind waste. Their feces looks like sawdust and if you see this in an area where there shouldn't be any sawdust, you can suspect that termites are to blame.
You also have the reproductives that have wings and shed those wings after they have mated. After the reproductives have swarmed and shed their wings after mating, you may find piles of their wings in various areas around the home.
If your home has been the victim of termites for a long time, then you may notice that the ceiling or the floor start to sag. This is very dangerous. This means that the structure has been severely compromised. The walls and ceilings may even look water damaged when they really aren't. Termite damage is to blame.
If you see differences in the structure of your home and you have not noticed signs of termites before this, you will need to use termite control services to get rid of them. From here, you will need to initiate the needed repairs on your home and also make sure the home is inspected regularly so that new infestations do not occur.
When you know what to look for, you can get an infestation under control before it becomes an infestation. Termites can cause very expensive damage to your home. They have even been known to cause structures to collapse. In order to avoid this, don't hesitate to have your home inspected at the slightest suspicion or evidence of termites.