How to Know If Your Home is Infested With Termites

According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cost Americans more than $5 billion in damage annually. This puts termites as the leading threat to wood-based structures, in front of fires, floods, and harsh winds. Your home can be infested with termites without you even knowing, which is why you should actively keep an eye out for common warning signs.

  1. Knock-Knock – No piece of wood is safe when termites are in the area. The wood may be smooth and untouched on the outside, but the inside is a whole other story. Termites stay in dark environments so they will feed on the wood from the inside out. Knock on a piece of wood; if it sounds hollow and isn’t supposed to be, you may have an infestation of termites.
  2. Cracked Wood – Termites are small and can fit through the smallest of cracks and holes. If you’re suspicious of any termite activity then check your home for cracks, especially if you notice paint is beginning to chip away. Seal all cracks and holes immediately to prevent termites from re-entering your home.
  3. Mud Tubes – Subterranean termites will build mud tubes to keep the air by them moist while they eat away at your home. If you see these mud tubes, termites are close by. Try to keep your home free of items that are constantly damp or moist like mulch, firewood, and wood chips. Store these items a safe distance away from your home.

A termite infestation can cause an immense amount of damage to your home. If you suspect that your home may be infested with termites, contact the professionals at Knockout Pest Control. A termite problem won’t be solved with one visit, no matter the company. That is why we offer a full year program to exterminate and manage all termite infestations. To learn more about termite extermination, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.

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