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Termites are silent destroyers that can cause significant damage to your home before you even realize there’s a problem. Identifying a termite infestation early can save you time, money, and stress. Here are some key signs to look out for:

1. Mud Tubes

Termites build mud tubes to travel between their colony and their food source. These tubes protect them from predators and maintain a moist environment. Look for these pencil-sized tunnels along your foundation, walls, or other structures.

Where to Check

  • Around the foundation
  • On walls, both inside and outside
  • In crawl spaces

2. Wood Damage

Termites eat wood from the inside out, making it difficult to see the damage until it becomes severe. Tap on wooden structures; if you hear a hollow sound, it might be a sign of termite activity.


  • Blistered or darkened wood
  • Crumbling or damaged wood when touched
  • Uneven or bubbling paint

3. Discarded Wings

Termites swarm in the spring and summer, and once they find a suitable place to start a new colony, they shed their wings. Finding piles of discarded wings around your home is a clear sign of a termite infestation.

Common Locations

  • Window sills
  • Near doors
  • Around the foundation

4. Frass (Termite Droppings)

Drywood termites leave behind small, pellet-like droppings known as frass. These can accumulate in small piles and are often mistaken for sawdust.

Look For

  • Small piles of frass near wooden structures
  • Frass in corners of rooms or along baseboards

5. Swollen Floors and Ceilings

Termites can cause floors and ceilings to swell as they tunnel through wooden structures. This can result in uneven surfaces, making it difficult to walk or place furniture evenly.

Signs to Notice

  • Sagging or buckling floors
  • Bulging ceilings
  • Doors and windows becoming harder to open or close

6. Clicking Noises

Believe it or not, you can sometimes hear termites! Soldier termites bang their heads against the wood or shake their bodies to signal danger to the colony. If you hear clicking noises, it could be a sign of an infestation.

When to Listen

  • During quiet times at night
  • In areas with significant wooden structures

Early detection of termite infestations is crucial for preventing extensive damage to your home. If you notice any of these signs, it’s essential to contact a termite control professional immediately. Don’t wait until the damage is visible and severe—protect your home by staying vigilant and proactive.

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