How to Detect Termites Early

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Damage in wood is a clear sign of termites and one of the ways to detect termites in your homeTo detect a termite infestation, you need to know what termite damage and termite warning signs look like. The most common signs of termites include wood damage, broken flooring, and sagging ceilings, but there are many more that can tip you off.

However, recognizing these signs isn’t always easy. Damages are often hidden deep within the structure of the home. By the time they become obvious, the infestation may be well established. Read on to learn more about how to detect termite infestations early.

Early Signs of Termites in Georgia

Termites are master hiders, so knowing the subtle signs to look for is one of the best ways to detect them. If you see any of the following signs, it is vital to contact a termite exterminator promptly for an inspection. These signs include: 

  • Mud tubes (the tunnels into your home) on the exterior of the building
  • Unexplained cracks on internal walls, ceiling beams, or rafters
  • Bubbled or sagging areas on the floor
  • Floorboards/baseboards feeling weak or sounding hollow
  • Broken roof tiles
  • Doors and windows sticking

What Makes Your Home Susceptible?

Termites can strike anywhere, but certain homes are more vulnerable than others. Consider these risk factors when outlining your termite prevention strategy.

  • Age of Home: Homes that are 30+ years old are more likely to face an infestation. 
  • Outdoor Opportunities: Termites often infest outside before they infest inside, meaning that fences and landscaping structures are more likely to be infested than the structure of the home. These outdoor infestations are also a warning sign that they may try to come inside.
  • When Was Your Last Inspection?: Not surprisingly, if you get a termite inspection once a year, you’re less likely to have a major infestation and more likely to detect them early. 

What Does Termite Damage Look Like?

Recognizing termite holes in wood like this are one way to learn how to detect termites earlyTermite damage can vary in appearance, but generally, you’ll notice it in the form of wood damage, broken flooring, sagging ceilings, and more. 

When termites feed on the cellulose in wood, the wood will eventually become brittle and hollow. Occasionally, you may notice wood shavings, splintered wood pieces, or tunneling. Termite damage can also sometimes resemble water damage.

Be sure to check these areas of your home for termite damage:

  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Foam insulation
  • Slabs
  • Drywall
  • Flooring
  • Tiling
  • Windows

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