No one likes the thought of termites lurking within their Houston area home. Unfortunately, there are times your home may be a victim of these nasty little critters. The best way to approach preventative termite control is to watch for signs of a termite infestation. At Bryan & Bryan Inspections, we recommend keeping an eye out for these signs you may have termites inside your home.
1. Clicking Sounds
If you place your ear up to a wall that’s suspected of having termites, you may hear some quiet clicking sounds. This is the sound of the soldier termites banging their heads against the wood or shaking their bodies. Termites use these movements to signal danger to the rest of the termite colony.
2. White Ants
Because termites are very similar to ants, many people make the common mistake of assuming they have white ants in their home, when in reality, they have termites. While they look the same, there are a variety of ways to tell the difference:
- Termites have straight antennae where ants’ antennae are bent.
- A termite’s waist section is thicker than an ant’s waist.
- There’s no such thing as a white ant.
3. Hollow-Sounding Wood
Termites consume wood from the inside of your walls first. Choose an area where you suspect there may be termite damage and tap on the wall. If it sounds hollow or papery, this is a sign that the interior timber may have been eaten by termites.
4. Tunnels in Wood
As termites consume the wood within your walls, they form tunnels, also called galleries. While they cannot be viewed from outside the walls, if you see these tunnels in a hole in the wall, it’s a sure sign you have termites in your home.
Expert Termite Inspections
For a professional termite inspection of your home, contact Bryan & Bryan at (281) 484-8318 or request a quote now. We treat every home we inspect like it’s our own, and we are proud to provide long-lasting termite treatment. The inspectors at Bryan & Bryan also offer mold services, residential inspections, stucco services, and commercial inspections in Katy, TX, and surrounding areas.
“7 Signs You May Have Termites.” Blog article. Ehrlich. Rentokil Initial PLC. Web. 05 Aug. 2020.