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Signs of Termite Infestation

Did you know that termites are responsible for 5 billion dollars in damage per year in just the United States alone? By the time most homeowners start to notice termite damage, the termites have been munching away for quite some time. Here in North Texas, homes are especially susceptible to termite damage. Termites thrive in the humid weather of the summer months and eat away at your home’s wood structures year round. As a homeowner, it’s important to take preventative measures to keep termites from literally eating you out of house and home.

But, if you think you may be too late, look for these signs of termite infestation to know when to call in the professionals at ABC Home & Commercial Services.

Mud tubes near the home’s foundation.

Mud tubes are small, irregularly patterned lines made of dried mud that often outline the outside of your home’s foundation, usually created at the ground level. These mud tubes help maintain humidity and moisture for the termites to travel between their colony and food source.

Hollow or blistering pieces of wood.

Termites eat wood from the inside out. If you notice that wood in or around your home looks damaged or sounds hollow, it’s most likely caused by a termite colony.

Uneven or bubbling paint due to moisture.

This could mean water damage, but it can also be a sign of termites as well.

Holes in the wood around your home.

Termites will often drill multiple tiny holes in the wood. It may look like nails have been put in your wall and pulled out.

Unexplained sawdust in or around your home.

Termite droppings are actually very similar to sawdust. If you notice something that looks like sawdust in your home or near wood that is around your home, have a professional termite inspection as soon as possible.

Discolored or drooping drywall.

This is usually caused by excess moisture build-up in your walls.

Buckling wooden or squeaky floorboards.

This is a sign of wood damage to your flooring. That old, squeaky floorboard may actually be a termite warning sign.

Presence of wings or swarms of insects.

The reproductive termites are known as “swarmers.” They take flight in the spring in order to look for spaces for new colonies. If you see termite’s swarming in or around your home, call a professional immediately.

If you notice signs of termite damage in your home, contact ABC Home and Commercial. Our professionals will do a thorough inspection to determine the best course of action. With our professional equipment and specialized methods, you can rest assured that the job will be done right. Callus at 469-549-7300 to schedule an appointment with an expert today!

Russell Jenkins

Russell Jenkins is the Chief Communications Officer for ABC Home and Commercial Services in North Texas. Russell has been working as part of the ABC Family since he was 12 years old under the direction of his father, Owner Dennis Jenkins, and has since held several leadership roles at ABC. Russell holds a degree in Agricultural Leadership from Texas A&M University, and is a Food Safety Specialist. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and two children, playing tennis, and gaming.

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