If you have concerns for termites in your home—either through seeing one (winged ant looking creature) in person or just seeing potential signs, it is important to have the issue confirmed and addressed as soon as possible. Termites are found in nearly every state—with Alaska being the only state free of these pesky pests. They also cause around $50 billion in damage annual to commercial and residential buildings.

When you call to have AcuSystem Inspections conduct a termite inspection to confirm or clear your suspicions, you can expect the following areas and signs to be checked for.

Wooden Construction and Trees

No, not a sole indicator of a termite problem; however, a property with a wooden A-frame home or one with multiple wooden structures on the land are at higher risk for termites and this fact is noted by your termite inspector. Also, a stack of dried out firewood you keep around the side of the house for the occasional bonfire are ideal places to find termites that haven’t quite made it into your home. Trees on the property could also be infected with termites even if the main structure has not been subject ot termites yet.

Swarmers

Swarmers are the most common variety of termites in the U.S. and are easily identified by their appearance and behaviors. Termites create a nest where they not only eat through wood but reproduce. When their young mature, they leave the nest to create their own colony.

Swarmers are called that because once they reach maturity, the winged creatures fly off in a large swarm. A presence of swarmers, even just a few stragglers, can indicate a potential nest—or that your home is a potential target to create a new nest.

Mud Tubes

These are also exactly as they sound—dark, mud-colored and tube-shaped apparatus commonly found around the home. They are created from soil, wood, and other particulate matter and serve as a bridge to get around or over obstacles they can’t eat through, such as concrete foundation or PVC pipe.

Dirt or Mud in Construction Joints

Termites build as much as they destroy to stay comfortable in your home. They enjoy high humidity, so to ensure the temperature is just right, they seal gaps they may come across with dirt or other organic material.

Wood Damage

The major sign of termites is the damage they cause to wood structures. Termites burrow into wood and eat it from the inside out. This can cause wooden structures, like beams, staircases, or floors to break apart in small to large sections. Not all damaged wood is obvious—you may see your termite inspector knocking in certain areas. That’s because hollowed out wood sounds differently than solid wood.

Keeping an eye out for these signs can also prompt you to contact a termite inspector at AcuSystem sooner rather than later. Other benefits of an inspection, even without any indicators, is for home sellers and home buyers—granting or getting piece of mind that a home is termite free as well as an indication as to the risk level the home has of ever becoming infested with termites.