Signs of Termites in Your Home and What You Can Do

 

According to a report from the CDC, termites cause more damage to properties than windstorms and fires combined, an estimated $2 billion a year! Homes in South Florida at are a higher risk of termite infestations. Due to our warm climate, Florida is home to a whopping 21 species of termites, more than most other states in the country. In this post we explain the signs of termites in your home and what you can do.

People often confuse termites for ants, making homeowners overlook them easily. Infestations of these common pests usually happen between the months of March and June and again from September thru October. One telltale sign of a termite infestation is seeing the insects flying around in or around your home. Another sign is spotting very thin mud tubes around the foundation, sills, piers, etc. of your home. If you encounter any damaged wood in your home’s interior or exterior and it has signs of residue such as mud or soil, that is also cause for concern.

If there aren’t any obvious signs of termites in your home, a quick inspection can help you determine if they are present.

  • Inspect the exterior of your home, paying close attention of wooden fences, tree stumps, your home’s foundation and the crawl space or under the porch.
  • Carefully examine any places in or around your home where wood and concrete meet.
  • Knock on wood structures and listen for hollow sounds. You can also use a screwdriver to check out any exposed wood you may find.
  • Check your windowsills, baseboards and furniture for wings. After flying termites swarm, they lose their wings and these can be a sign of new colonies.

Even if you don’t currently notice any signs of termites, it is important to inspect your home and its surroundings regularly to help prevent any issues or to spot them quickly.

It may also be a good idea to hire a professional, reputable and licensed pest control company to treat the ground around and underneath your home as a way to prevent termites from infesting.

In our next blog post we will share with you tips on how to prevent termites and what you can do if you already have them.

 

At Preferred Link we may not be able to help you keep termites away from your home but we can help you avoid a potential financial disaster by protecting your home with the best homeowners’ insurance. Contact one of our licensed insurance professionals today to get started.

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