How to Spot Termite Damage Before it Becomes a Huge Problem

February 28, 2018

mud tubes created by termites

Termites are not referred to as the “silent invaders” for no particular reason. They are referred to as "silent invaders' because termites have the unique ability to enter  homes unnoticed and then feed on the structural wood found inside for weeks, months, or sometimes even years before their presence is discovered. Termites are not a pest that can be ignored or wished away, they are a highly damaging pest that needs to be guarded against with the help of a trained professional. Remember, when living in Texas it is never a matter of if they will invade your home, but a matter of when!

Termites are responsible for causing billions of dollars’ worth of damage to properties across the country each year. Once inside of your home, they will begin tunneling through its structural wood, being particularly attracted to wood that has been previously damaged by moisture. As they tunnel through your home feeding their colony they will cause the structural integrity of the wood that they have invaded to be compromised. The damages that they cause can be expensive to repair and are not covered by most homeowner’s insurance. To help protect your wallet and home from being damaged by termites it is important to be proactive and know how to spot the signs of their damage so that professional help can be sought to eliminate them completely.

Signs of Termite Damages Include:

  • In order to survive termites travel from their nest to their feeding area in mud tubes. These mud tubes help to prevent them from coming into contact with the air and sun and to maintain their moisture needs. Their mud tubes are about the width of a pencil and can be found running along the ground towards your home, up foundation walls, or even inside along basement walls.

  • In the spring winged reproductive members from a mature termite colony will fly from the colony and create a termite “swarm”, hoping to find a mate and create a new colony. Witnessing a termite swarm is a good indication that a termite colony is located close to your home.

  • After swarming the reproductive member’s wings will quickly drop off from their bodies. Finding piles of these wings on window sills, around doorways, or on walkways is a sign that a termite colony could be present on your property.

  • If you are finding wood in or around your home that is splintered or weathered, don’t assume it is weather damage causing the issues. Look inside of the wood, if you discover that there is a lot of mud and debris present, there is a good chance that you have termites.

To prevent problems with termites on your Katy, Cypress, Sugar Land, or Greater Houston area property, or to eliminate current termite problems, the only solution is to partner with the professionals at Modern Pest Control. We have the experience, determination, and training needed to find, treat, eliminate and then prevent future problems with termites. Don’t allow termites to take up residence, cause expensive damages, and become a huge problem inside of your Texas home; contact Modern Pest Control today and schedule a termite inspection for your property!

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