A termite infestation is one of the biggest causes of property damage in the United States, but many homeowners never suspect that they have a problem until they end up with repairs that cost $10,000 or more. Because termites are so difficult to find, you’ll want to have your home inspected by a professional pest control company to catch termites before they cause serious damage.
Termites damage your home by eating all of the wood and building colonies throughout your walls and roof. A small infestation might cause some aesthetic damage, but a large infestation can ruin wall studs beyond repair. Termites also have a tendency to move their colonies around, so a single colony can cause widespread damage throughout your home. The faster you find a termite colony, the less costly your repairs will be. Warning signs include dead termites, tiny holes in baseboards and trim, and soft spots in your drywall. Mud tubes and mounds of discarded wings almost always indicate a nearby termite colony. The image above shows a pile of drywood termite fecal pellets.
Pest control companies typically use termite bait or liquid termite treatments, both of which are effective at destroying the colony and killing all of the termites. Depending on the amount of damage to your home, you may also want to hire a contractor or carpenter to repair any rotten studs, trim, or panels. Unfortunately, most home insurance policies do not cover termite damage, but structural damage will only grow worse over time, leaving you with an even bigger repair bill months or years down the road.