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What To Expect When You Have Termites

Termites are a serious threat to homeowners. They reproduce quickly and eat round-the-clock. Within a short amount of time, they can do serious damage to your home, depending on the size of the colony. The Eastern subterranean termite is the most common species in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Many homeowners are unaware of some of the danger signs of a termite problem. An infestation can quickly occur, causing significant destruction to your dwelling. So how do you know if you have termites? Here are some of the things to expect when they are present.

Wood Damage

Termites eat wood from the inside out. In time, the wood is hollowed out. When you tap the wood, it will actually sound hollow. Check wood doors, doorframes and windows. Since you can’t see the termites, their destruction goes undetected.

Termites target other wood in your home, including attic rafters, floor joists, flooring and the framing within walls. Cracks in ceilings and walls can appear as the termites damage the wood. You may also find blistering or uneven paint. In addition, floors often start to sag from termite activity.

Wooden decking, porches or steps attached to your home can become weak or collapse, leading to a safety risk for you or your family.

Mud Tubes

Often found around your home’s foundation, mud tubes are built by subterranean termites. The tubes protect the termites from predators and allow them safe passage around your home. If your home has a wood foundation, it is vulnerable to a termite infestation.

As you can tell, the structural damage from termites can be severe and costly. It’s advisable to inspect your home every six months. Check the perimeter, foundation, attic, doors and windows for any sign of termite activity. Termite droppings — called frass — may also be present. They look like tiny pellets and are often found in small mounds.

If You Suspect Termites

Living in the Midwest, termites are a significant problem. Recognizing the signs of termites often happens after considerable damage is done. In fact, termites can be infesting your home for years without you noticing.

We serve the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, including counties in both Missouri and Illinois. Our expert technicians can provide a free inspection and review pest control options with you.

If you believe you have termites, contact Midwestern Termite and Pest Control today to schedule your appointment!

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