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What Does Termite Damage Look Like?

September 24, 2018

termite colony crawling on wood

So you think you have termites. While you may be right, here are some sure-fire ways to know if your house has been damaged by a termite infestation.

Termites are always chewing, no matter the day, time, or season. Although termites are creatures of nature, being in or outside your home doesn’t matter to them. A termite’s only goal is to continue chewing away at their chosen wooden food source. Common problem areas in homes infested by termites include floorboards, walls, ceilings, windows, doors, and the foundation of your home.

When your wooden flooring has been affected, it will often feel more springy or spongy when you walk across it. Affected areas may sag or blister in some places due to the damage that has gone on under them. This can often be mistaken for water damage.

You may notice cracks along walls and ceilings where termites have eaten away at the cellulose found in the timber within the wooden structure of your home. Windows and doors may be sticking or harder to open, and while many people mistake this for a house starting to settle, this can also be a telltale sign that termites have been tunneling and making the frames misshapen or bowed. While most foundations nowadays are made of concrete, the floor joists are still made of wood. Termites are able to squeeze through any cracks in your foundation to reach these floor joists. And, once they have started chewing, it can cause major structural damage to your home.

Termites like dark and moist places, so you may not even notice you have a termite problem before major damage had occurred to your home. These tiny, wood-munching insects eat all the way up to the paint in some cases, going unnoticed for months or years at a time because they prefer to avoid the light. Termites aren't the type of pest that you will see crawling across your floors, and this fact causes termites to be a sneaky pest to deal with. DIY tricks often don’t reveal termites as well as calling a professional. It is always important to contact an expert rather than go through this alone.

At Quik-Kill, we can find and eliminate your pest problems before they have a chance to do major damage. Termites have been known to cost home and business owners thousands of dollars. With services from Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators, you no longer have to worry about termites getting in and compromising the structural integrity of your home. Quik-Kill professionals know how to target problem areas and eliminate the pests causing them. Contact us today for a free inspection so we can assess what treatment your individual situation needs.


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