A termite infestation can be one of the worst things that can happen to a homeowner. This is because termites will literally eat up all the wood in your house. Termites never really stop eating, so they are working around the clock eating up all the wood on the inside which can end up making the wood completely hollow, and useless. This can end up compromising the structural integrity of your house and whichever areas have a lot of wood in them. This can result in a very long extermination process along with a very heavy bill for the extermination and the costs to repair everything that has been damaged.
The best thing you can do to deal with a termite infestation is to catch it early on so that you can have professionals deal with it quickly. Now, you should inspect your home for termites from time to time and there are a few indicators that can help you catch them early on.
- Termites tend to create tunnels which protrude outwards on surfaces. These tunnels basically allow them to move from place to place. So, if you happen to what look like thin lines protruding from your walls, then you have termites in your walls.
- Termites happen to create a distinct sound as they are eating away at the wood and you cannot normally hear it during the day, however, you can hear what sounds like a nail being scratched along the surface if you pay attention closely when your surroundings are quiet.
- Termite droppings along your house especially at the end of the tunnels or areas where there is wood is also a strong indicator of a termite problem.
- If you knock on the wood in your house and it begins to feel hollow, then you have a serious infestation.