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Hollow logIf you want to scare a homeowner, there’s no reason to dress in an elaborate outfit and jump out of hiding with a rubber knife. All you have to do to send shivers down their spine is yell “Termites!” It’s a surefire way to scare the heck out of them.

 

 

Even those who have never dealt with a termite infestation know what it can mean to a person’s home. Although termites do eat slowly, they can cause serious damage to your house, sometimes resulting in thousands of dollars in damage, if not much worse.

 

Dealing with a termite infestation starts with realizing that you have a problem in the first place. But how do you know that you have a termite infestation? Here are some signs to look for:

 

Sign #1: Wood has a hollow sound that wasn’t there before.

 

Termites often eat the inside of wood structures first. Although the critters might not be visible, they’re easy to detect. All you have to do is rap against the wood. If it sounds hollow, this is a good indication that you have a problem with the little wood-eaters.

 

Sign #2: Mud tubes have appeared outside your home.

 

Depending on the type of termite you have, you may discover what are referred to as mud tubes on the exterior walls of your house. These are often found on a house’s foundation. These tubes are utilized as a way to provide moisture while the termites search for food.

 

Sign #3: You discover a winged termite or two inside or outside your home.

 

This is the obvious. Although a rogue termite might have innocently made its way to your home from another location, it’s more likely that either a termite infestation is underway in your home, or that this termite is a reproductive female who has taken flight to find a home for her baby termites.

 

Sign #4: You discover discarded wings.

 

Finding discarded wings can be even worse than finding a live specimen. This is a good indication that termites have already set up shop in your home. This could mean that you have a hundred, thousand, or even 10s of thousands inside your home, so it’s time to start looking.

 

Sign #5: You find termite droppings in your home.

 

This is another surefire piece of evidence that you might have a problem. Termite droppings, which are often referred to as frass, which appear as wood-colored feces collected in mounds.

 

If you’ve been seeing any of the above signs, don’t try to handle the problem yourself. A termite infestation usually consists of 10s of thousands of insects. It is imperative that you call a professional in order to have the termites exterminated.

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