Across the U.S., there are several types of termites, including subterranean, drywood and Formosan termites. They cause more than $5 billion in damage and repair costs annually, and all types can be a serious threat to your homes and require different types of treatment methods to remove and control.
Learn more: Types of Termites
What are the Signs of Termites in Your Home?
Termites may nest in your home for years before you even notice them, causing damage the entire time. However, you can be proactive about helping prevent termite damage by having a termite protection plan and knowing the signs of termites and how to spot them. Here are 5 signs of termites to look for:
- Blisters in wood flooring
- Hollowed or damaged wood
- Evidence of swarms
- Mud tubes
- Drywood termite droppings
Learn more: Top Signs of Termites
What Do Termites Look Like?
On top of spotting the signs of termites, being able to identify a termite can help you stop an infestation early.
- Termites vary in size from one-eighth of an inch to one inch long depending on species and caste.
- Color can vary in shades of white, brown and black, depending on species and caste.
- Termites can often be confused with flying ants due to their wings and antennae
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What Attracts Termites in the House?
There are 3 main ingredients that result in conditions conducive to termite activity:
Wood: The presence of wood is a requirement for termite activity. Termites feed on wood, which your home is made of. To help prevent termite activity, don’t store additional wood close to your home’s foundation.
Warm, dark places: Warm, wet and undisturbed places, like your crawl space, can be attractive for termites.
Moist soil: Moisture is another attractant for termites and there’s generally plenty of moist soil where your foundation is built. Attempt to keep the soil next to your foundation as dry as possible by repairing leaking faucets or pipes, and divert water away from your foundation.
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Are Termites Dangerous to Humans?
Termites don’t bite and won’t cause any direct harm to humans, however they still pose a serious threat. If termites are in your home, they will eat the wood that creates your home’s structure, causing your home to become damaged and weakened. The more time that a termite colony has to grow undisturbed, the more damage it can cause, which can become dangerous.
How Do You Get Rid of Termites?
If you spot signs of termites in your home, you may want to turn to DIY methods to get rid of them. However with a termite infestation, DIY treatment and control is not recommended. Termites can cause hidden damage and you may not know what signs to look for or how to spot where the infestation is, or how large the infestation is. Also, different types of termites require different types of treatment methods to remove and control them. A professional is trained in identifying termites and their species, and is knowledgeable and experienced in which type of treatment methods to use. Learn more about termite control.
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