Termites may be small, but they can eat away at the structural integrity of your home and cause a tremendous amount of damage! With such a big risk, it’s worth learning how to spot a potential termite issue and know when it’s time to call your home inspector. Here’s what you should look out for:
- Mud tubes. Most termites live underground and use small tubes made of mud to navigate above the ground. So look out for small tubes on trees, outer walls, or even in your home.
- Tapping sounds. As small as they are, termites make enough noise that you could hear them if you’re close! They communicate by hitting their heads against the wood, so you might hear a faint tapping noise or even the sound of their chewing.
- Weak wood. Termites keep below the surface of the wood, hiding their damage with mud if they break the surface. A good way to check for termite damage if you have already noticed other signs is to press firmly against your wooden doorposts, wall trimmings, or other wooden furnishings. If the wood flexes, you know it is thin and likely damaged by termites!
If you notice any one of these signs, especially the last one, it’s definitely time to call in your home inspector to assess the damage.