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What Are the Signs My Home Has Termites?

Termites are one of the most destructive pests you can have in your home. They're known for their ability to eat through wood, and they can cause a lot of damage if they're left to their own devices. If you think you might have termites, it's crucial to call a pest control professional as soon as possible. What are the signs that my home has termites? Here are some of them.

1. Discarded Wings

Termites shed their wings after they've flown to their new nesting site. These discarded wings are one of the most common signs of a termite infestation. You can find these wings on cobwebs or near doors and windows. Investigate to determine if the wings are from termites or other insects. If they are from termites, you have a problem that needs to be dealt with immediately before it worsens.

2. Mud Tubes

Mud tubes are another common sign of termites. Termites use these tubes to travel from their nests to food sources. They're made out of mud and are typically about the width of a pencil. You can find them on the outside of your home or the foundation. These mud tubes can make it easy for termites to get into your home, so it's crucial to remove them as soon as possible. Get a professional to help you remove these mud tubes and determine if you have an infestation.

3. Termite Droppings

Termite droppings, also known as frass, are another sign that you might have termites. These droppings are small and look like sawdust. You may see them near mud tubes or around areas where termites are active. Only frass from drywood termites is solid and looks like sawdust. That means it's the only one visible to humans. Subterranean termites produce liquid frass that is mixed with their excrement and wood and used to build their mud tubes.

4. Hollow Wood

If you tap on wood and it sounds hollow, then you may have termites. Termites eat wood from the inside out, so you may not see any damage on the outside. Tapping on wood is one of the best ways to determine if it's been damaged by termites. Be sure to check all the wood in your home, including baseboards, cabinets, and furniture.

5. Stuck Doors and Windows

If you have doors or windows that are sticking or hard to open, it could be a sign of termite damage. Termites can eat away at the wood, causing it to warp and making it difficult to open doors and windows. If you notice this issue, check for other signs of termites before you call a professional.

How can I tell if my home has termites? The above are some of the most common signs. If you see any of these signs and are in Shreveport or the surrounding areas, contact Redd Pest Control. We're happy to come out and inspect your property and determine if you have an infestation. And if you have these pesky pests, we'll provide efficient, effective, and safe termite extermination for your peace of mind. Call (318) 687-7252!


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