Termites are annoying pests that chew through wood and can cause structural damage to your home and belongings. How do you know if you have termites? Here are four signs that it is likely these critters causing damage.
You See the Swarm—or Evidence of the Swarm
The main sign is the physical evidence of the creatures. During the spring, a swarm will come out of the ground and look for mates to reproduce. They'll create their own nests—sometimes in your own home—and then create more swarms. Each year, you'll likely see the evidence like this.
These types of swarms happen quickly, but you may see a few leftover critters at your window. If you miss the swarm, you may see the leftovers from it, such as a pair of wings. Just the slightest sign should indicate that it's time for an inspection.
Home Surveyors Spot Damage
There are times that the evidence is only found during the buying and selling of a home. This is the time that the woodwork and structure is checked by a surveyor, who will likely see signs of the damage occurring. This damage could be from something else or past damage due to termites that have been destroyed.
When this is the case, the seller will need to get a pest controller in to look at the damage further. Buyers can offer to do this work, but by knocking a substantial amount off the offer price.
The Wood Sounds Hollow
When you tap on wood or move it around, does it sound hollow? Most of the damage will occur from the inside out, as the termites like to bury themselves as deep into the wood as possible. This is how infestations can grow so quickly and lead to such extensive damage.
The wood on doors, window frames and even floorboards can be affected by the termites. If anything sounds hollow, call in an expert.
You Think You Have an Ant Problem
Ants and termites look very similar. If you think you see an ant in your home, you'll need to consider the possibility of a termite problem. This is especially the case if you notice any of the signs above. The only way to definitely determine if it is an ant or a termite problem is through an expert. Either way, you'll want to get rid of the critters as they both cause their own damage.
Look out for signs of damage in your home. Termites can be hidden for years because of how they bury their way into the wood. Look out for swarms and call a professional if you are unsure.