Termites can exist in a home for a very long time and cause significant damage before detection.
It is important to move swiftly to eradicate these pests from your home before the damage becomes exceedingly costly to repair.
What are some signs of termites?
Termites are small and not easily detected if they cause havoc within your walls and floors out of your sight. Look for these signs of property damage:
- Discolored drywall
- Paint that looks like water damage where there is no water
- Crumbling wood
- Squeaky floors
- Doors and windows that stick for no reason
You may also notice more obvious signs of the insects, including piles of wings after a swarm, termite droppings that resemble sand or tubes that resemble mud climbing the foundation of your home.
Signs that termites are still present after extermination?
Termites use the mud tubes mentioned above as tunnels to get around and through your home. One way to determine if termites are still present after an extermination attempt is to use the mud tubes as an indicator. Break off a piece of the mud tube, and if the piece is rebuilt within a few days, termites are still present.
Can you recover damages from a failed termite extermination?
Suppose you employed a professional termite exterminator to get rid of the pests but discover that they are still there soon after the extermination attempt. In that case, you may be able to recover damages for your losses if the company failed to honor the obligations of the contract.
Home owner’s insurance does not include coverage for damage from termites. Seek help from a professional termite exterminator as soon as possible after discovering any damage to eradicate the problem before additional costly damage occurs.