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What Does Termite Damage Look Like?

Termites are a feared pest because of how destructive they can be. But, what exactly does termite damage look like? In most cases, it starts small and nearly unnoticeable. However, as the infestation spreads, you may notice signs of termite damage such as:

  • Bubbling or cracking paint
  • Sagging areas on wooden floors
  • Cracks on internal walls or rafters
  • Doors and windows that get stuck
some early signs of termite damage on a wooden door

Wood Damage Vs Wood Rot

Many early signs of termite damage look almost identical to wood rot. Especially during the beginning stages of an infestation, you may not be able to tell the difference. That said, here are some indications that you have termites instead of wood rot:

  • You notice other signs of termite activity such as droppings or mud tubes
  • The wood is hollow, which may mean termites are digging tunnels inside
  • There are small holes in the walls or other nearby wooden structures

Termite and rot can cause similar issues, and in some cases, you might be dealing with both problems simultaneously. If you aren’t sure whether you have rot or termites, contact an expert for help. They have the right tools and training to accurately diagnose the problem in your home.

Where Does Termite Damage Happen?

If your home has been infested by termites for a long time, you may start noticing damage across your home. Termites can chew through almost any wooden structure, but some of the most common areas they infest include:

  • Walls, flooring, and ceilings
  • Doorways and windows
  • Foam insulation
  • Slab foundations
  • Ceilings or attics

How Do You Know If You Have Termite Damage?

At the end of the day, many people don’t know when they have termite damage. Termites usually stay deep inside of the soil or the wood that they’re excavating, and they rarely leave their nest or get near the surface. Most colonies go months or years before they’re discovered, and by that point they could have already caused serious damage. 

Whether you’re worried you have termites or want to ensure your home is adequately protected against these pests, it’s best to work with a licensed termite exterminator. Termites aren’t just difficult to deal with; they’re capable of costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs. Experts can identify an infestation well before it has the time to cause serious damage to your home, and they can help you prevent termites from invading your space in the first place.

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