If left alone, Florida termites can cause major problems for your home and your family.
Having an untreated pest problem can be dangerous and stressful and can eventually lead to financial difficulties that could have been avoided.
Knowing the signs of a pest problem is the best way to prevent it from disrupting your life by making your home uninhabitable.
Below, we’re reviewing the six most obvious signs that your home could be infested.
1. Your Doors and Windows are Sticking
If you live in Florida, you’re no stranger to humidity. And if you find that your wooden doors and windows are sticking more than usual, you might think humidity is to blame.
Unfortunately, termites could be the actual cause of the problem.
Termite produce moisture when eating wood, and that extra condensation could be the real reason behind your sticky fixtures.
2. Your Clicking Wood Could be Florida Termites
When termites feel attacked or threatened, they have a tendency to make noise.
They do this by shaking their bodies back and forth or may even hit their heads against the wood of your house.
If you notice wood damage, press your ear against the impacted area.
Hearing a clicking noise coming from the wood is reason enough to call for termite control.
3. Damaged Wood Around Your Home
If Florida termites are in your area, it could just be a matter of time before they set up camp inside your house.
Because warning signs of termites are not always easy to spot early on, they could be in your house for a while before you notice any damage.
But taking some preventative actions could go a long way toward protecting your home.
Whenever you have the chance, look at any wood around the outside of your home or termite tunnels and signs of damage.
If you do find damaged wood near your home, it’s not a far stretch to think the termites could have moved inside it.
4. Termite Droppings
As unpleasant as it is to think about, you should be on the lookout for termite droppings around your home.
It is a clear indicator that you have an infestation and should schedule an appointment with termite control.
Black marks or a dusty covering on your wood that you never noticed before could mean that there is a termite nest lurking below the surface.
5. A Collection of Wings
During their mating season, termites fly around a look for a mate.
When they find one, they shed their wings.
You may not be able to see the actual mating swarm take place, but if you find piles of wings you’ll know why.
Termite wings resemble fish scales, so before you start absentmindedly cleaning your home, scan your surfaces.
If you see a large number of these wings, it’s a good bet that there’s a termite colony in your home.
6. Your Paint is Peeling
Peeling paint is among the types of property damage that can be attributed to termites.
This happens because of the moisture in termite colonies.
If you notice what looks like water damage on your painted surfaces–even when you’ve had no rain or leaks–a colony of termites could be to blame.
Think You Might Have Florida Termites? Act Now.
If you even suspect that you might have a termite problem, it is better to be safe than sorry.
The sooner you deal with the problem, the less damage the termites will have the chance to cause.
If you’d like to set up an appointment to meet with a termite control specialist, please contact us today.