Finding termites in your home can be a challenging experience without knowing exactly what to look for. Because these pests are so small and tend to hide inside of the walls, they can quickly rack up extensive damage before a homeowner realizes it. While it is recommended that you have a professional termite inspection every one to three years, keeping an eye out on your own can help minimize damage if these pests find their way into your home. If you suspect termites may be making a meal out of your home, here are some of the signs you may have a termite problem.
Subterranean termites require extremely moist environments in order to survive. For this reason, they will typically construct mud tubes that run from their underground dwellings to potential food sources. The primary function of these mud tubes is to create a moist passage for travel, while also limiting the chances of exposure to predators that may eat or disturb them. In most cases, mud tubes will be located near or around the foundation of a home.
There are two distinct reasons that paint will begin bubbling up along walls. The first is that you have water damage from leaky pipes or other water sources entering a wall void. The second reason is that termites have begun damaging the wood source behind the paint. If you are finding bubbling paint or uneven surfaces around your home, it will warrant a professional inspection before further damage can occur.
Termites generally will eat wood sources from the inside out to maintain a sheltered environment like their mud tubes. Unfortunately, this will mean that wood will hollow out from the inside. While tapping a wall, if it makes a distinct hollow sound, it can mean that termites have already done considerable damage. Over time, this continued practice can disrupt the structural integrity of a home and result in costly repairs to mitigate the extent of the damage.
At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.