Termites cause homeowners millions of dollars in damage each year. They primarily feed on wood, but they can also damage trees and shrubs, but most often termites are of particular importance when buying or selling a home since a termite inspection and report is normally a condition of the sale. Besides the financial impact, termites showing up inside a home is a bad experience …. not to mention the thought of termites silently eating away on your family’s largest investment …… YOUR home.
A common sign of termite infestation is mud tubes, and they can be visible at foundation walls, support posts, sill plates, floor joists, etc. The mud tubes are typically about the diameter of a pencil, but can sometimes be much thicker.
Termites construct these tubes for shelter as they travel between their underground colonies and the structure. To help determine if an infestation is active, the tubes may be broken open and checked for the presence of small, creamy-white worker termites. If a tube is empty, it does not mean that the infestation is inactive; termites often abandon sections of tube while foraging elsewhere in the structure.
Termite-damaged wood is usually hollowed out along the grain, with bits of dried mud or soil lining the feeding galleries. Wood damaged by moisture or other types of insects (e.g., carpenter ants) will not have this appearance. Occasionally termites bore tiny holes through plaster or drywall, accompanied by bits of soil around the margin. Rippled or sunken traces behind wall coverings can also be indicative of termites tunneling underneath.
Often there will be no visible indication that a home is infested. Termites and their damage can be undetected for many years, hidden behind walls, floor coverings, insulation, and other obstructions. Termite feeding and damage can even progress undetected in wood that is exposed because the outer surface is usually left intact. Call HOLMES INSPECTION COMPANY for your Termite Inspection needs