5 Ways to Tell If Termites are in Your Home

5 Ways to Tell If Termites are in Your Home

Termites are a problem for homeowners across the country. These tiny insects can cause serious damage to homes and buildings, but you may not know that they’re there until it’s too late. Termites are often mistaken for ants because of their similar size and appearance. In this article, we’ll go over some of the common signs that termites are in your home so you can determine whether or not you have an infestation.

  1. You’re seeing termites swarming near your home.

In spring, swarming termites will exit their mound to look for a new home. They’re searching for food, water and shelter—and they need to mate.

Swarming is the most visible sign of an infestation because it happens when there are many termites present in the colony. During this time of year, you may see them in your yard or flying around near your home if there is a nearby tree or woodpile where they can lay eggs after finding a mate.

The first thing you should do if you think you have termites is to call an exterminator who knows how to identify them correctly (not just by sight). This way they can help you maintain a healthy environment inside your home by getting rid of any infestation before more damage occurs!

  1. You see small holes in the walls or large mud tubes and trails.

Termites build mud tubes to move from one place to another. Mud tubes are often found on the outside of your home, but they can also be found inside. These insects inhabit their own underground colony, making this a clear sign of an infestation.

If you see small holes in the walls or large mud tubes and trails, it’s time to call an exterminator immediately!

  1. The wood around or inside your house sounds hollow.

The wood around or inside your house might sound hollow when you tap it. This is a sign that termites have done damage to the wood and left behind tunnels, which sound like echoes when you tap on them. If you hear this hollow sound, it’s time to call in a professional inspector to inspect your home.

  1. Your doors and windows are hard to open and close.

If you have termites, they could be eating away at the wood around your doors and windows. That can cause them to stick or be hard to open and close. If you notice that one of your doors or windows is sticking, it could be a sign that there’s a problem with the wood surrounding it.

Sometimes, termites will eat away at wood inside of a door frame or window frame instead of just on the outside—so if you’re having trouble opening or closing any type of door in your home (like a bedroom door), this may also be an indication that it’s time for pest control services!

  1. Your allergies have been acting up.

If you have been experiencing allergies, this could mean that there is mold or mildew in your home. You may not see it, but there could be a lot of it hidden in the wood of your home. The most common places for termites to enter a house are through cracks and crevices in the foundation and around windows. If you have noticed these signs, then there may be termites living under your floorboards or walls.

These are signs that you have a termite infestation.

Termites are one of the most common pests that homeowners face, but they can be hard to spot and even harder to get rid of. If you see any of these signs in your home, it’s important to call a professional. You don’t want to go through the process of treating termites yourself because it can be dangerous and expensive. If you’re not sure what kind of treatment is best for your situation, talk with one of our ProShield experts today. We’ll help you find out exactly what’s going on with your property—and give you peace of mind.