Where To Look For Termite Activity Around Your Texas Property

June 26, 2019

a large colony of swarming termites infesting a wooden structure on a residential texas property

At Innovative Pest Control, we can’t stress enough how important early identification of a termite problem is. It’s essential in order to stop the infestation before severe damage has occurred. Termites are capable of wreaking havoc on a home. Their damage can cost thousands of dollars in repairs and, if enough time elapses, can make your home unsafe to live in.

Here in Texas, we have subterranean termites, which are the most damaging by far of all termite types. Termites live in large colonies that are divided into a caste system. The worker termites are the ones invading the wooden structures of homes, tunneling through and eating the wood. Their strong jaws can bite off chunk after chunk. This damage continues 24/7 with thousands of worker termites. As time goes on, the structure weakens and will need to be replaced.

 

Termites feast on damp wood. They will typically start in the yard if there is damp wood there. Try breaking apart an old log or stump in the backyard to see if there is any termite activity or tunneling within. It’s not hard for termites to move from the yard into the house. Once they find their way inside a home, they will usually show up wherever there is or has been a leak. After moisture has softened the wood, termites will invade. Here is a list of common areas for termite infestations:

  • Under sinks.

  • In bathrooms.

  • Within floors, especially if water or moisture is able to seep through the floor.

  • Ceilings.

  • Around roof leaks.

  • Wooden siding.

  • Window and door frames.

  • Debris in the yard.

  • Wooden structures that are near ground level.

Termite damage looks like a series of tunnels. However, this damage is not usually observable from the outside, which is the biggest reason termites get away with the damage they cause, costing billions of dollars in the U.S. each year. Since you can’t see what’s happening on the inside of the wood of your home, you can't know how much damage termites are doing. It’s usually noticed once the damage has become severe. That’s why learning what subterranean termite infestations look like is important.

 

Warning Signs and Where to Find Them:   

  • Discarded wings from swarmer termites (reproductives). These usually are noticed the most along windowsills.

  • Mud tubes, usually found along the foundation of your home.

  • A hollow sound when tapping on walls or other structures of the home.

  • Wooden surfaces that appear splintered or blistered.

  • Noticing doors or windows aren’t opening or shutting right.

Since subterranean termite tunneling and damage can go unnoticed, professional inspections are highly recommended. These inspections will determine if you’re dealing with termites and what damage has occurred. No matter what stage your infestation has reached, we can eliminate the colony from your Texas property. It’s also a good idea to consider a termite real-estate inspection for home buyers. Contact Innovative Pest Control for your termite inspection.

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