Termite Wall Damage

Subterranean termites enter homes from the soil and create foraging tubes. These tubes – often called “mud tubes” – are about the width of a pencil and brown in color. They provide shelter for foraging termites. Once termites are in your home, they feast on the wood inside of it. Drywood termites also feast on wood inside your home, however they do not require contact with soil.

If termite activity is left untreated, visible wood and wall damage can result.

Signs of Termite Damage in Walls

Signs of wall damage caused by termites can include: Mud tubes, paint blisters, damage to wood paneling or wooden trim, hollow sounding wood and pinholes in the wall.

Some of the signs above indicate a subterranean termite infestation, while others indicate a drywood termite infestation.

Do Termites Eat Drywall?

Termites feed on any substance that is composed of cellulose, which is an ingredient found in wood. Drywall is also covered by cellulose. So, termites can eat the drywall’s paper covering, which makes your walls and ceilings susceptible to termite damage.

How to Help Get Rid of Termites in Walls

If you notice signs of termite damage on your walls or any other parts of your home, then it’s important to treat the infestation right away before it gets any worse. The method of treatment will depend on many factors, including the type of termites that are infesting your home. The treatment almost always involves treating areas other than the spot where termites are seen.

Since proper identification is important and DIY methods for treatment and control often fall short, it’s recommended that you contact a termite control professional. A trained termite control professional will inspect your home for termite activity and damage, properly identify the termites and then recommend a customized plan based on your situation.

If termites are not found, that is the best time to treat for termites – before they have caused any damage.

Benefits of Professional Terminix® Termite Treatment

Because termite activity can be hard to spot if homeowners aren’t scheduling regular inspections of their home, termite activity can remain undetected for a while.

That’s why it remains crucial to schedule an inspection with a professional Terminix termite specialist who is trained to look for warning signs of termite activity.

Further benefits of scheduling an inspection with a Terminix termite specialist include the identification of the specific termite invader to the home, since it is crucial to identify the termite species in order to use the appropriate methods to rid the property of these highly damaging and costly insects.

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