Did you know that termites are one of the most common pests in the country? In fact, subterranean termites cause an estimated $5 billion in damage each year. As a homeowner, you know it's essential to be highly vigilant about pests and termites. Termites can cause severe damage to your home if they're not caught and treated early, so being able to identify the signs of a potential infestation is vital to protecting your most significant asset. This blog post will discuss five common signs that you may have subterranean termites. If you're concerned that you may have an infestation, read on for more information.
One of the most common signs of subterranean termites is the presence of winged insects around your home. These insects, called swarmers, are attracted to light and often enter homes through open doors or windows. Swarmers are most active during the spring and fall, so if you see them in your home, it's a good indication that you have an infestation–and that it's time to contact a pest control professional for an inspection.
Another common sign of subterranean termites is mud tubes on the exterior of your home. Termites make these tubes as they travel back and forth between their nests and food sources. Mud tubes are most often found on the foundation of a home, but they can also be found on walls, in crawl spaces, and in other areas where termites are active.
If you notice any cracks in your foundation or flooring, it's time to check for signs of subterranean termites. Termites can enter your home through even the smallest gaps, so it's essential to be proactive about inspecting for them. These cracks are caused by termites eating away at the wood in your home and can weaken the structure of your home if left untreated.
If you have subterranean termites, you may also see damage to the wood in your home. This damage is usually found in areas where termites are most active, such as the basement or crawl space. In addition, subterranean termites typically eat the softwood of a tree first, so you may also see damage to hardwood floors or furniture.
Have you noticed the presence of discarded wings around your home? Swarmers shed these wings as they mate, and they're often found near doors or windows where swarmers have entered the house. So if you encounter wings in your home, there's a good chance you have subterranean termites.
Should you detect any of these five signs that you may have subterranean termites, contact a pest control professional immediately. At Tier 1 Pest Solutions, we are committed to providing top-tier services for any need you may have—interior or exterior. We can protect your valuable home against termite damage and can help preserve your property against future damages. As a local company, we understand the area and custom-tailor our services to the unique climate and pests that inhabit Tampa. Contact us today; we are here to help!