How To Know If You Have Termites: 5 Signs You Have Wood-Destroying Insects

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5 Signs You Have Wood-Destroying Insects | Your Home Inspector, LLC


Signs You Have Wood-Destroying Insects - Termites | Your Home Inspector
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No homeowner wants termites. Yet homes have wood and as a result, termites pose a very real threat. It is important to keep an eye out for the signs that may appear in the event that your home has wood destroying insects. Your NJ home inspector will be critical in helping you determine the extent of your termite problem whether the signs are visible, or not.

Do You Have Termites or Other Wood Destroying Insects? Here are some of the signs:

  1. Termite Wings

    Termites live in colonies similar to ants. These colonies are often VERY large, ranging from thousands to even millions of bugs. Since they live together, you have a better chance of finding the spot where their wings are discarded. These wings can be an inch to 2 inches long and will often be found in piles.
  2. Mud Tubes

    Mud tubes are built by termites to keep moisture present throughout their travels. These mud tubes are noticeable where the ground meets a structure, whether your home or garage. 
  3. Termite Droppings

    Termite droppings, also referred to as frass, looks like sawdust. There may be mounds of frass below the holes where termites have burrowed into wood. 
  4. Blisters

    Blisters in your paint or in your floors could very well be the result of termites. When termites are inside your wood trim or in your flooring these blisters can appear on the surface. 
  5. Damaged Wood

    If your wood is visibly damaged you should be wondering why. While termites chew away at wood from the inside, there can be clear signs. If wood appears hollow that can be a sign. You may also notice the exterior looking uneven.

Termites can do great damage to a home. Unfortunately the damage has often already occurred by the time they are discovered. Keep your eyes out for the signs! If you do see signs of wood destroying insects,  it is important to take photos of the evidence and reach out to a home inspector to confirm. Understanding the extent of a termite problem is essential, as is exterminating them when discovered. Your Home Inspector, LLC can help you determine whether you have an infestation of Wood Destroying Insects such as Termites.

Contact our team at Your Home Inspector LLC today to learn more about our New Jersey home inspection company. We welcome the opportunity to help you learn more about termites and how we test for termite damage. Let our knowledge and experience serve as your guide to Bergen County NJ home inspections. We will help you get understand why you should hire a NJ home inspector when purchasing a home.

Click here to read “HOME CLINIC; Dealing With Termite Infestation” from The New York Times.