Termites prefer damp, moist wood. This is the type of wood they chew up and use for their food for their colony. They will create a mud tunnel, to get to and from the areas they are eating, and you may find these tunnels around your home. If you have found that you have termites and are not able to find where they are located on your home, you have some digging around to do. Termites are there for one reason and one reason only, and that is because they have found food. Read on for a few things to look for if you have found termites around your home.
1. Look For Moist, Damaged Wood
Look for any area in your home that has or had been damaged by water and has caused the wood in your home to soften and rot. This may take you some time, but you may have noticed some sort of water damage in your home, even if it was beneath a sink or a pipe of some sort. If you have a basement, you should start there, or look in the crawl space. Outside, look at the wood along your home's foundation, or on an exterior wood structure such as a deck or a porch. Any wood damaged by water could be luring in these pests.
2. Follow The Signs
Follow the signs of termites around your home. Look for dead termites, follow the mud tunnels, or just watch them come and go if you can see them flying or crawling around. You may have some sort of a general idea of where these pests are around your home. You may also see signs such as sawdust, termite feces, or even wings from these pests. Look for the signs and you may find what you are looking for.
3. Check For Damage On Your Home
Damage on your home such as a sinking floor, or if you notice other damage such as holes in the wood around your home, it may be a sign from termite damage. If you suspect you have damage in your walls or in your floor, or in some other interior area of your home, you need to call a termite service right away.
If you have damage caused by termites, it's time to call in a professional to help you find these pests and exterminate them properly to save your home, to help save you some money, and to save you any more headaches that these pests can cause you.