For the homeowner, the prospect of termites eating their home from the inside out is a frightening prospect that can be all too real. A termite infestation can be deadly for your home, and if you delay calling a termite control team until you know there is a problem, it could be far too late. By the time you realise something is wrong, termites may have been eating away at the inside of your walls for years. You could find yourself stuck with a huge repair bill to replace sagging ceilings, bending walls and door frames that no longer stand straight. Rather than suffer the results of a termite infestation, it is better to inspect the property yourself or call in a team for termite control and get them to conduct an inspection of your property to make sure that there is nothing wrong.
Here are three signs which could suggest that your home has a problem with termites.
Winged termites inside your home
While you can't see the termites as they chew through the wood in your walls, you will be able to see flying termites in your home. Finding flying termites is a good indication that you may have a termite problem and should call a pest control company. Before you make that call, it is always worth checking that the flying insect which you have found is actually a termite and not a winged ant or similar insect. While there are similarities between termites and other insects, there are also clear differences, so check carefully before worrying about a termite infestation.
Mud tubes or mud-filled cracks
Termites like to protect themselves to maintain their humidity. Look around your walls for little tubes made from soil or wood cellulose. These tubes, which are often about the size of a drinking straw, can be straight or zig-zagged and are designed to protect termites from predators. If you see these, then it's likely that you have a termite problem.
Damage to wood outside your home
While the wood inside your home may not be easy to examine, outside wooden structures can be easier. If you have a wooden shed or fence or even a pile of firewood, these are great places to look and see if termites have been at work. Termites will follow wood wherever they find it, so placing wood in close proximity to your home is like inviting them in to feast on your property.
If you suspect you may have a termite problem, then contact a termite control team today before the situation gets worse.