Termites can cause some serious problems in any wooden structural components of a home. Termites are often referred to as the “silent destroyer” because they can go undetected for long periods of time, all the while causing serious damage to your home. You may not suspect anything and damage is often discovered long before the actual termites themselves. All termites consume cellulose-based plant materials including wood. This means all homes are at risk for termite infestation. House foundations, furniture, and stairs are all possible feeding sites for termites.
Protect your home and your wood staircases by being alert and looking for signs of infestation. When a colony has matured, termites can be seen around windows and doors and are highly attracted to light sources. Look for termite wings on window sills and in cobwebs. Also keep an eye out for shelter tubes. Shelter tubes are tubular structures often constructed of soil or wood.
Termites can enter your home any place that wood touches soil. Make sure to thoroughly inspect doors, windows, baseboards, and floors for signs of wood damage. Any wood that sounds hollow may be suspect to termite damage. Examine the attic for signs of wood damage and plumbing and pipes that enter foundation and flooring. Although discoloration or stains on the wall or ceiling does not necessarily mean termites, it does mean water leakage which can lead to decaying wood. Decaying wood will attract termites.
There are ways to prevent termites starting with eliminating wood soil contact. Any planters should be kept at least two inches from the side of the house. Separate any shrubbery from the house and seal any openings in foundation.
If you suspect you have a termite infestation call a professional immediately. Taking action as soon as possible will save your home from the most damaging insects to wood.
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