Across the U.S., there are numerous types of termites, including subterranean, drywood and dampwood termites. They cause more than $5 billion in damage annually and can cost homeowners an average of $8,184 in treatments and damage repairs1. All types are a serious threat and require a different type of treatment strategy.
Knowing the signs can save you thousands of dollars in treatment and repairs. If you notice any of the key indicators below, contact a Terminix® pest specialist immediately.
Swarming termites are attracted to light and can sometimes be spotted near windows, doors, vents and lighting fixtures.
After termites enter a new home they shed their wings. You might notice these shed wings among dust near windowsills, heating vents, doors, in sinks and bathtubs and in spider webs. All of the wings are the same size.
Termites build muddy, flattened tubes approximately the width of a drinking straw. These tubes give them protection from predators and temperature extremes and help maintain a moist atmosphere.
Because termites eat wood from within, you can tap suspect wood with a screwdriver handle and listen for a hollow sound.
Dark areas or blisters in wood flooring may indicate termites feeding within or below.
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1Avg repairs: $7,184 from 2011 survey by Decision Analysts for SVM of independent contractors in the SVM network. Estimated treatment: $1,000. Every home is different; repair costs may vary.