What is the worst thing that could happen to your home? Flooding that causes damage to all of your furniture and other belongings? An earthquake that weakens its foundation? What about an electrical fire that is so bad it requires you to find a new place to live? We would argue that none of these things are as bad as finding a severe infestation of termites. Why? Because it is very likely that your homeowner’s insurance does not cover termite-related damage. If these small wood-destroying pests pick your home as their new source of food, you are going to be left holding the bill. To identify termites around your Virginia Beach property, here are some signs to keep an eye out for.
The first and most obvious sign of a termite infestation is mud tubes running up the exterior foundation of your home. These pencil-sized tubes are used by subterranean termites to safely cross the gap between exterior soil and your home’s structural wood. Termites do not, however, need these tubes if exterior soil directly touches structural wood or if a home’s foundation provides them with gaps and cracks to crawl up through.
Moisture Damage To Drywall, Paint, And Wallpaper
As termites tunnel through wood, they carry moisture with them. This helps keep their bodies from drying out and softens pieces of wood to make it easier to harvest. It also spreads to wallpaper, paint, and drywall. Check around your living areas for discoloration on walls, bubbling wallpaper/paint, and things like sagging drywall.
Overly Squeaky Floor Boards
If termites are under your floorboards, it is only a matter of time before they will start to squeak or, even worse, sag or bulge. This is caused by moisture damage which expands wooden beams, hollows out areas, and weakens general floor structures.
Tight-Fitting Doors And Windows
Termite-related moisture damage running up the exterior of a home leads to many problems. One noticeable problem is that doors and windows become more difficult to open. Just like with floorboards, moisture damage in these areas causes wood to expand, leading to a tightening effect around window/door frames.
Termite swarmers are the last thing you want to see buzzing around your living areas as they are usually a clear indication of a fully mature, preexisting colony of termites within the walls, ceilings, and floors of your home. Identify a termite swarmer by its dark-colored body and long oval-shaped wings. These wings are regularly discarded and left on window sills as an additional sign to identify these pests.
What To Do If Your Home Has A Termite Problem
Even with a good knowledge of termites and how to spot the signs they leave behind, identifying these pests inside your home will not be easy. Most of the signs we mentioned do not show up until after termites have been active for over a year. That said, the only real way to know early if your home has an active termite infestation is with help from a professional pest control provider. At Mosquito Elite Pest Control, we use advanced tracking equipment to identify termites around Virginia Beach properties. Combine this with our active termite control methods and treatments and you have everything you need to guard your home against these wood-destroying pests. Keeping in mind that homeowners' insurance rarely covers termite damage, this is a necessity to make sure your home and wallet are protected.
Call our team today to learn more about termites or to schedule your home for a detailed pest inspection.