The forces of time, weather, and nature are all doing their best to reduce your house to an eventual pile of rubble. If it isn’t the leaky roof needing attention, it might be the peeling paint. From top to bottom, your home is a valuable investment that needs to be protected. That’s why it’s important to do regular inspection and maintenance work on your home.

As part of your upkeep efforts, it’s a good idea to check for termites. These little critters can burrow deep into the wooden structure of your home. There they can remain almost invisible for many years before being discovered. Homeowners need to be aware of this problem and take steps to prevent infestation. If these pests have already moved in, the house must be treated as soon as possible, and damage will need to be surveyed. It can be expensive to repair a home where termites have had the run of the place. Left unchecked, they can do significant damage.

What You Need to Know about Termite Infestation

  • Signs of Damage: Even if you can’t see the bugs, you might find signs of termites in your home. Look for mud tubes that are close to the size of a straw. You might also notice damaged wood, hollow areas of the wood, or blisters located on the wood floors.
  • Evidence of the Insects: It is also common for termites to leave wings behind, usually near light fixtures or on windowsills. Call a pest control team if you see these signs.
  • Years of Damage: The truth is that you could have years of termite damage before you notice the problem. Since the infestation is usually not seen by the naked eye, it is important to lean on the experience of a professional team.
  • Prevention is Best: Don’t wait until you find signs of termites before taking action. Remove anything that might attract the bugs, such as firewood or lumber in the yard or garage. Avoid unnecessary wood sources near the foundation of your home, including cardboard, mulch, and overgrown plants.

Not only should you be proactive with termite inspection in your current home, but you also need to schedule an inspection before buying a new home. For more information, talk to the pest control experts: Riche’s Termite and Pest Service at (951) 233-7697