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The signs of termite damage may be difficult to catch, and if caught too late it can lead to serious structural damage that can cost hundreds of dollars. Termite colonies are constantly eating and can attack your home 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each year, termites cause homeowners more than $5 billion in property damage. Here are some signs that your house may be infested with termites.

Termites will mostly feed on wood, but they have also been known to chew through other structural materials, such as plaster or metal sidings. They can be found anywhere in your home: walls, floors, and even ceilings or wooden furniture. Check the wooden sections in your home by lightly knocking against them to see if they make a hollowed sound. Termites eat from the inside out, so the damage may not be visible until it is too late. Mud tunnels along your walls are another indication of termite infestation, as they use tunnels to travel from their nest to their food source. Check your house in early spring for winged termites, which look similar to flying ants but have smaller wings. These are young termites looking to mate and start a new colony.

With over 2000 known termite species in the world, it can be difficult to find the proper method of termite control. If you believe there are termites in your home, it’s best to leave it to the professionals to avoid further damage. Pest control exterminator services will rid your house of the infestation and use preventative measures such as crawlspace cleaning and encapsulation. Pest control exterminators will clean your crawl space, which can be a breeding ground for pests, and seal the moisture using a vapor barrier in with a procedure known as crawl space encapsulation.

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