Signs of termites:
Mud tubes. About the size of a pencil, these tubes connect to infested wood. They may be visible on concrete foundations or hidden under floor boards or behind siding.
Swarms. Winged termites are attracted to lights and may be found around windows or exterior light fixtures.
Wood damage. Tap wood every few inches and listen for a telltale hollow sound or see if a tool easily penetrates the wood you’re tapping. Dark areas or blisters in wood flooring may also be a sign of infestation.
Source: Adapted from Publication 444-501, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Ways to welcome termites:
Cracks in foundation walls can provide entry for insects.
Leaking pipes or faucets create an environment condusive to termites.
Wood debris or firewood touching the structure provides a breeding ground for insects.
Sprinkler systems that hit outside walls encourage insects and wash away treatments.
Planters or wood trellises attached to exterior walls provide an access point for insects.
Source: Adapted from the Arizona Structural Pest Control Commission Web site
For more information regarding termites and other wood destroying organisms or to determine how often you should have this type of inspection done, contact a licensed pest control company in your area that specializes in termites and other wood destroying organisms.
Article submitted by assistant sales manager/Realtor Joanna Jackson with Jackson Realty.