Is your Charlotte home starting to feel old because of squeaking floors or windows and doors that stick? It could be a sign of more than just aging. Termite damage can cause similar issues.
Here are a few signs that you may have termites:
- Is your wood flooring blistering? It could be a sign that termites are feeding within the floor or below.
- Do chips of wood or siding flake off when you apply light pressure? This is a sign that the wood is hollowed or damaged.
- Are wooden window frames making it harder to open windows because the wood has swollen? What about your doors, do they stick and are they hard to open? If termites are embedded in the wood, it can swell and make it harder to open doors or windows.
- Are you seeing mud tubes? If you see mud tubes leading up to your house, garage or shed, this can be a sign that termites have made a path to your home.
Keep in mind that, even if you do not see any signs or damage, you may still have termites.
Here are some things you can do to help make your home less inviting to termites:
- Clear fallen trees, wood, and stumps from your property. These will attract termites, which then may venture closer to your home.
- If you have a wood pile, it is best to keep it away from your home’s exterior and up off the ground.
- Do not have wood near the soil, especially around your foundation. This is like putting out a welcome mat for termites.
- Repair and clean out gutters to make sure water drains properly and away from your home.
- Reduce the amount of moisture in your home and basement. You can do this by running fans and/or dehumidifiers.
- Apply weather stripping around doors and windows.
- Repair leaky pipes, faucets or fixtures. If you have water-damaged wood inside your home, it needs to be replaced.
If you think you may have termites on your property or that they may have infested your home, don’t wait until they have had a chance to do extensive damage before you call a professional. Taking a little precaution before damage happens, or gets worse, is better than having to do a lot of costly home repairs later--especially considering the fact that most homeowners' insurance policies do not cover termite damage.
We offer real solutions for real problems. The professionals at ProForce Pest Control are committed to exceeding customer expectations. We utilize innovative solutions to eliminate termites and other household pests. To learn more about our termite control services or to schedule a no-obligation inspection, contact ProForce today.