How do you know if you have a termite infestation?

As a homeowner in Alabama, you rely on the previous owner to give you an honest report of your new home’s problems. You expect the inspection reports to be accurate and for the owner to disclose any pertinent information. What do you do if the previous owner fails to disclose the termite problem? How can you tell that you have an infestation?

To fight termites, you have to be able to spot termites. Termites may not be obvious; you may not always see them in a swarm, reports the LA Daily News. If you walk the perimeter of your home and see a substance that appears to be sawdust, you may want to have a closer look. Often, homeowners overlook the piles, despite there being little reason for sawdust to pile near your home’s edge. The substance may actually be the termite’s excrement.

In addition, you may find wings from the termites on baseboards or windowsills. Likewise, if you have to clean spider webs, there may be wings collecting in the webs. Termites do not keep their wings. They fly from their old colonies and then lose their wings when they land before they create a settlement.

You may have subterranean termites or dry wood termites. The subterranean termites enjoy moisture. To spot these pests, you may find mud tubes around your home. There may be little holes in the floor or the baseboard. These mud tunnels lead elsewhere.

The above article is meant to inform on the common signs of a termite infestation. It is not to be interpreted as legal advice.

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