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Signs of Termites in Your Home

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The odds are, you already know how dangerous termites are. You’ve probably heard horror stories of homeowners who discovered their termite infestation too late and had to spend thousands of dollars on home repairs. These stories are all too common. In fact, termite damage costs building owners in the U.S. billions of dollars a year. In order to keep termites from destroying the structural integrity of your home, you need to be on the constant lookout for termites. Knowing these six tell-tale signs of termites in your home can help you detect an infestation and stop it before it’s too late!

Flying Termites or Discarded Wings

If you spot winged termites in or around your house, then you are in luck. You have likely caught your termite infestation in its earliest stages. 

Flying termites, also known as swarmers or alates, serve as scouts, seeking out a good location to start a colony. Once these winged scouts find a proper nesting location in which they can mate, they lose their wings. Call a termite exterminator right away if you have spotted flying termites or discarded wings around your home.

White Ants

Think your house may be infested with white ants? Think again. There is no such thing as a white ant—at least not in the Boston area. Termites, however, can look very similar to ants. Both have antennae, sectioned bodies, and two sets of wings. But unlike ants, termites are pale, have straight antennae, and have wing sets of equal size.

Noises in Your Walls

Putting your ear up to your wall may seem strange, but it can help you determine whether you need termite treatment. If you hear small clicking noises or the faint sound of munching in your walls, then you have reason to worry. The clicking sound belongs to soldier termites who hit their heads against surfaces to warn their colony of danger and the chewing noise indicates the presence of worker termites eating away at your walls and wood. 

Hollow Sounding Wood or Walls

Another sound to be on the lookout for is unusually hollow sounding timber. Starting from the inside of your walls or other wooden structures of your home, termites eat away layer after layer often leaving behind only a paper-thin layer wood. With extreme termite infestations, you may even find that your finger can poke straight through your wall. As you can probably assume, a finger poked through your wall means you are in urgent need of termite control.

Warped Doors and Window Frames

Those tight-fitting door and window frames in your house may not necessarily be a result of water damage. In fact, termites could be the culprit!  The moisture produced by termites when they eat can cause door and window frames to warp in a fashion similar to water damage. If you’re fighting to close your doors and windows, that could be an indicator that there is a much more important fight at hand—the fight against termites.

Tunnels in Wood or Mud Tubes

The main difference between drywood termites and subterranean termites is that subterranean termites live in the ground and drywood termites live in wooden structures. Both leave tell-tale signs of their presence. If you have noticed tunnels in pieces of wood in or near your house, drywood termites are afoot. However, if you have spotted raised tubes in the dirt around your home, perhaps leading up to your home, then subterranean termites are the culprit. 

Think you’ve spotted one of these six tell-tale signs, but still not sure whether termites have invaded your house? One easy way to determine whether your house is termite-free is with an expert inspection. Luckily, Clancy Bros offers free termite inspections. Let us restore your peace of mind and protect your property from a termite infestation. Learn more about our free inspections and other termite treatments.

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