We’ve all heard the horror stories of homeowners discovering costly termite damage in their homes. In fact, each year in the United States alone, termites are responsible for over $5 billion in property damages. If you are not sure whether or not you have termites infesting your home (because they are hard to find!), it is important to learn what termite damage looks like.
Termites follow the grain of the wood when feeding and tend to fill it with moist soil but this is often hidden to the eye. You see, these wood destroying insects work from the inside out so what appears to be sound wood could in fact be hollow (thank you termites). Tapping on the walls may help uncover termite damage but you should also looks for these signs of a termite infestation.
sagging windows and/or door frames
cracks in wood throughout the home
ceilings that appear to be sinking in
small holes in the wood that termites will use to push out their waste
swarming termites inside the house means an active infestation
Because termites spend so much time working behind the scenes (silently consuming the wood structures of your home) and because they live underground, even if you do not see any signs of termites or notice termite damage, it is still a good idea to sign up for a termite inspection from a pest control professional to have that true peace of mind that your home and property are termite free.
At Witt Pest Management, our Pittsburgh termite exterminators offer homeowners the latest in termite control technology - The Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System. Not only can we get rid of termites that are currently infesting your home and property but also prevent future termite colonies from forming via 24/7 termite baiting stations. For more information on our termite control in Pittsburgh, please contact us today!