Signs That You Have A Serious Termite Infestation

When termite infestations start out, they can be quite difficult to detect, but the signs are there if you know how to look for them. However, as the infestation progresses and reaches advanced stages, signs will become glaring. If you notice any of the signs listed in this article, it means that you have a serious termite infestation which has been in your home for quite a while.

Swollen floors and buckling wood

In the initial stages of an infestation, damage will not be visible on the wood, but as the termites bore through the wood more and more, the wood will start to lose its structural integrity leading to outward signs of destruction that resemble water damage. At this point, you will notice things like buckling wood along with swollen floors and ceilings.

Moldy/mildew scent

If you have a moldy or mildew scent in the home, but no mold or mildew, the problem may stem from a large termite infestation. This smell is caused by the termite themselves and since they are in such a large number, the smell becomes noticeable throughout the home.

Cracked furniture

Drywood termite infestations are different from subterranean ones, because this species is able to infest wood that is not connected to the ground. This means that they can target furniture, doors, window frames, fences, and other similar wooden objects. When a drywood termites colony is large enough, the wood will start to crack, and at this point, the colony has probably spread to other pieces of furniture in the home.

Termite swarmers inside the home

When a termite colony is large enough, it will send out swarmers – winged termites that go out to start new colonies. You might notice these swarms in the spring and summer months outdoors, but if the swarm is inside the home, it either got in through an open door or window, or it originated within the home, signalling that you have a mature colony that is looking to expand.

Dealing with large termite infestations

When termite infestations reach this point, you will need the help of a pro to destroy the colony itself, and remove all the termites from the home. You may also need to replace a lot of the damaged wood. If you notice any of these signs in your home, or if you would like to perform a termite inspection, contact us today.

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