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How do I know if I need a termite treatment?

on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 by Terminix


If you’re concerned about termites in your home, or have seen signs of a termite infestation or termite damage, you may be wondering whether you need a professional termite treatment. With an average of 1 in 30 homes in the United States infested every year, causing an average of $8,184^ in treatment and damage repair costs, a termite infestation is a threat that every homeowner should take seriously.

Signs of damage or an infestation

It can take up to five years to notice signs of termites; however, there are some common signs that can indicate an infestation.

  • Termites, dead or alive: You may have seen swarmers, which are termites that have emerged from an existing colony for the sole purpose of finding a mate and starting a new colony. Swarming termites are attracted to light and are often found near windows, doors, vents and lighting fixtures; it’s common to find their discarded wings on windowsills. Experiencing a termite swarm is the most obvious indicator that your property has a termite problem and needs a termite treatment.
  • Mud tubes: Termite-made tubes provide shelter for pesky termites and have a muddy, flattened appearance approximately the width of a drinking straw. You can find them along cracks, beneath flooring, around baseboards, on pipes, piers, and chimneys, behind siding, plumbing and other fixtures. They create and use mud tubes to travel across surfaces they can’t penetrate (like brick and concrete) to get from the soil into the wood frame of your home. Seeing mud tubes is another sign that your home needs a termite treatment.
  • “Hollow” wood: Damaged wood will sound hollow when tapped and, if the area is extremely damaged, the handle of something like a screwdriver may break the wood’s surface. If the area is active, you may see worker termites inside. Dark areas or blisters in wood flooring may be an indicator of a subterranean termite infestation requiring a termite treatment.

Of course, the best way to accurately determine if you have a termite infestation or termite damage is to enlist the services of a professional who is trained to identify termite infestations in your home.  If your home is in fact infested, it is important to eliminate the termites before they cause any more damage to your home. And while there are steps a homeowner can take to battle these pests, the first and most important step is to have your home inspected to determine which termite treatment is right for you.  Terminix® offers termite treatment plans that eliminate termites in and around your home. All plans include a FREE Termite Inspection and are backed by the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee—promising you’ll never pay for future treatments or damage repairs caused by the type of termite for which you received treatment.


A termite problem is not something to take lightly, and the first step in a proper termite treatment is to rely on the trained professionals at Terminix to inspect your home. A termite inspection will not only identify your termite problem, but will also help you identify the best solution. Visit or call 1.866.766.7628 to learn more or schedule your FREE Termite Inspection.  

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