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Termites are not just destructive pests, but they are also elusive and difficult to detect. They thrive in darkness and feed on structural wood, causing extensive damage to homes and buildings. Unfortunately, identifying termite wall damage is not always straightforward, and the damage can remain hidden for months or even years. It is essential to know what signs indicate the presence of termites in walls to ensure timely detection and effective treatment. If you suspect termites in your home, don’t wait; contact experienced pest control professionals as soon as possible. Our pest control company, Champion Termite and Pest Control, can locate and treat termites effectively. Contact us for comprehensive pest control services and request a free estimate today.
One of the tell-tale signs that you may have a termite infestation in your walls is the presence of tiny pinholes. These holes usually indicate termite activity, as they may have eaten through the drywall to create tunnels to move in and out of their colonies. While subterranean termites fill these holes with soil, drywood termites often empty them. These tiny pinholes could either be exploratory or used to kick frass out of the tunnels. Therefore, if you notice these holes in your walls, it's imperative that you seek professional help immediately to prevent further damage.
If you suspect you have termites in your walls, one of the key signs to look out for is mud tubes. These narrow tunnels, typically about the width of a pencil, are created by termites as they dig underground and reach wood sources. While finding mud tubes around your foundation does not necessarily mean you have an active infestation, it is a clear sign to investigate further. It is important to note that mud tubes can last for a long time, but if you remove the top of the tube and spot termites moving inside, it is an indication of an active infestation.
The wall paint may bubble or flake off due to the moisture termites bring with them as they nest inside your walls. It is important to note that not all bubbled or flaking wall paint indicates a termite infestation, but it is wise to investigate the issue further, just in case.
Dust near the bottom of the wall is not your typical household dust but termite dust, a combination of wall dirt, wood shavings, and termite droppings. The dust may appear dark in color, similar to black pepper, and usually accumulates on the floor as a result of termite holes in the drywall. If you spot this type of dust near your baseboards or where the wall meets the floor, it indicates that you have a termite problem that requires immediate attention.
Termites feed on wood, and the trim and paneling serve as a readily accessible food source. If you notice any faint lines or maze-like patterns on your wood trim, it could be a sign of termite tunnels. The damage may also result in wood becoming hollow or brittle, with visible holes and sawdust-like frass that accumulates at the base of the walls. Regular home inspections and preventive measures can enable early detection and appropriate treatment so that your home remains free from termite infestation.
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