Termites are destructive pests that will cause significant structural damage to your home and leave you with a high repair bill if left unchecked. Fortunately, some signs will help you detect termites before they do serious harm. Below are six signs of termites on your property.

Dried Mud Tubes are Signs of Termites

The most common sign of termites is the presence of dried mud tubes along the basement walls and foundation of your home. These perforated mud tubes are often about the width of a pencil. You may also see them on or near window frames, subfloors, and joists. Termites use this tunnel to travel from their nest to the food source, your home. 

Sagging or Cracked Ceilings, Walls, or Floors

Sagging or cracked ceilings, walls, or floors anywhere in your home may be signs of termites in your home. It is possible that termites have eaten away at the wood and weakened these surfaces. 

If the infestation has created a large enough area of structural weakness, then there may be noticeable gaps where parts of your roof are no longer attached to the rest of the house.

Signs of Termites Include Piles of Frass 

Frass is termite excrement that resembles small piles of sawdust, sand, or coffee, depending on the food source. It can often be found on window sills and baseboards close by the exit holes where they’ve been feeding. Piles of frass on the floor or near doors or windows are one of the signs of termites in your home.

Termite Swarms

If there are termites in or around your home, you may notice swarms of these pests flying around windows or doors. Termite swarmers leave the nest to create a new colony. If you see swarms of termites, this is a sign of an infestation on your property and you should call a professional.

A Musty Odor Near a Wood Source

If you notice a musty odor near a wood source, this could be another one of the signs of termites in your home. Many homeowners often mistake the odor for mold or mildew. Should you smell a musty odor, contact a professional to determine whether your problem is a termite infestation or mold in the home

Damaged or Discolored Wood

Termites are attracted to wood, so anything made of wood is a potential food source. If you suspect that you have a termite infestation, check the wood in your house for signs of damage or discoloration. If the wood is soft, mushy, or hollow when knocked on, these are signs that termites have eaten into the wood and they may still be present. 

These are some of the signs that your home might be experiencing a termite infestation. If you notice any of these signs of termites, contact a professional inspector immediately to examine your property and recommend what should be done next. 

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