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Never Ignore These Warning Signs of Termite Infestation

Termites are one of the most common household pests in the United States. They can cause significant structural damage to the home, and you may not even know that they are there. If you haven’t yet had your home inspected for termite infestation, there are red flags you should be aware of that could signify an underlying problem with these destructive pests.


Termites feed on the cellulose found in wood, so they typically infest the parts of the homemade from this material. They can also invade carpeting and other porous materials. Anywhere you notice an uneven surface in the drywall or any evidence that mud tubes have formed along walls or ceilings, you may have an infestation.


These tubes are formed by termites when they travel to and from their colony or feeding sites. They’re typically plugged at each end with mud, although sometimes you’ll see them protruding from the walls or ceilings. If you spot any, call a pest control company immediately to get your home inspected and treated if necessary.


Swarmers are flying insects that emerge from the colony when the breeding season approaches. They don’t pose a threat and can generally be ignored, though it might be helpful to keep an eye out for their exit point and have it sealed. If you see swarmers flying inside your home or landing on your furniture, there’s probably a termite problem to deal with.


If you notice pieces of wood beginning to warp or crack, it may mean that termites are eating away at the structure of your home. This can lead to serious damage over time, so if you spot these warning signs, you’ll want to call in a pest control specialist right away.


Powdery residue that looks a lot like sawdust is a sign of termite infestation. As the pests devour wood and other cellulose-based materials in your home, they produce this substance as a byproduct. It’s important to have it inspected, so you know the full extent of the damage.

According to Orkin, each year, more than half a million houses in the United States are damaged by termites. If you spot any of these red flags, call a pest control specialist right away for more information on how you can stop the infestation before it becomes worse.