Did you know that over 5 million homeowners are affected by termite damage each year in the United States? That’s 5 million more than it should be, especially since there are effective termite control products available – like Sentricon and Termidor – to stop termites before they even get close to your home. It’s important to know the signs of a termite infestation so you can act quickly to protect your home and wallet! Here are four signs of a termite infestation:
1. Issues with Windows & Doors
Windows and doors should be easy to open and close. If this is not the case, it may be a sign that termites are present. No, termites aren’t feasting on your windows and doors necessarily, but the wood underneath them. When the termites begin to eat away the wood underneath, humidity and moisture may rise and build up in these spaces, causes your windows and doors to warp, expand, and contract.
2. Noise in the Walls
Unfortunately for homeowners, termites are generally silent creatures! It is not until a homeowner sees signs of termite damage do they realize termites are present. However, there is one instance where termites will make noise – when they feel threatened. If a termite senses danger, they will bang their heads against the wall to send alert the other termites. They can’t actually hear the noise, but rather sense the vibrations from the head banging. Fortunately, people can hear this noise which sounds like a clicking noise (head banging) or rustling paper (a colony moving within the walls).
3. Soft Baseboards or Flooring
Soft baseboards or flooring can be a sign of a termite infestation and potentially dangerous! When termites eat flooring or the foundation of your home, it can contribute to structural instability. Don’t ignore or replace the soft spots before investigating the root cause. (The National Exterminating team can help with this! Call us: 478-245-4072.)
4. Presence of “Ants”
Many people mistaken termites for ants. However, this can be a costly mistake! Termites range in color from white to light brown, and ants are normally dark brown, orange, or black. If you notice ants – or what you think are ants – call National Exterminating right away. We can determine if you are dealing with an ant or termite infestation and take the appropriate steps to eliminate the problem.