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What Does Termite Damage Look Like?

Termite damage often remains hidden within a structure, however, an ongoing infestation will eventually show signs of damage. Wood that appears hollowed or appears weak can indicate the presence of termites.

Unfortunately, by the time most homeowners detect damage, the infestation has been in place for years. Seeing any of the following signs of termite damage may signal that you have an infestation:

  1. Bubbled or sagging ceilings. 
  2. Floorboards/baseboards feeling weak or sounding hollow
  3. Mud tubes on the exterior of the home
  4. Doors, cabinets,  and windows sticking
  5. Spotting long tunnels along the grain of wood
What does termite damage look like? Pest Defense Solutions

Where Do Termites Cause Damage?

Damage caused by termites can be found in structures as termites chew and eat through cellulose material within homes to create their colonies. Look for the signs of termite damage in the following areas of your home or business:

  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Foam insulation
  • Slabs
  • Drywall
  • Flooring
  • Tiling
  • Windows

How do Termites Damage Wood?

As termites infest and feed on the cellulose contained in wood, eventually the wood source will become brittle and hollow. Outdoor woodpiles or lumber infested by termites will look like as though they have been carved-out and tunneled-through. Additionally, wood shavings may appear, and wood will be left looking splintered. In mature infestations, wood structures can begin to look warped or distorted and may be confused for water damage. 

What to Do When You Spot Termite Damage

If you observe potential signs of termite damage, you may have an established infestation. Since it may take years before the damage becomes noticeable, it’s critical to have a termite control service in place to prevent infestations. A licensed professional can help you identify specific areas of your home that have been damaged by a termite infestation.

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