How to Recognize Signs of Termites

Once a building is infested with termites, they are difficult to remove, and restoration of the building can become difficult and costly due to extensive structural damage. It’s important to recognize and understand the signs of termites to ensure your building doesn’t succumb to these highly damaging intruders. Termites generally travel in swarms, so if you see one, you can count on there being many more! A few things to consider if you suspect you might be experiencing a termite infestation include:

 

 

 

  • Time. Termite damage can sometimes appear as normal wear-and-tear. If you’re noticing wear-and-tear damage appearing more quickly than you think it should, investigate further for signs of termite damage.

  • Water damage. Some signs of termite damage actually mimic water damage. Discolored and drooping drywall, peeling paint, and stuck doors and windows could all be signs of termite damage. If the area seems an unlikely candidate for water damage, you might have termites causing these issues.

  • Visible holes and tunnels. As the damage continues, you may be faced with wood that sounds hollow, buckling floorboards, pinpoint holes in the drywall, and loosening tiles on the floors. If you see these signs, it may indicate the termite infestation has been ongoing for a while and significant damage may have already occurred. Often you will see this type of damage in buildings that are not used frequently.

 

  • Noisy floors. Do your floors sound excessively squeaky? This could indicate that the subflooring is now being infested and is compromised.

 

  • Termite remains. Here’s the obvious one: termites might leave droppings or old wings in piles. These signs also indicate that the termite infestation is widespread and could require extensive mitigation.

 

Want to avoid termites in the future? Consider a straightforward, preventative solution. ShieldAll 2020-Pest Guard is a protective coating that effectively guards surfaces from termite infestation for years. Use it on your next project, remodel, or construction, and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that termites won’t want to nest in your building.

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