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How to Check for Subterranean Termites

Unlike other household pests, a termite infestation can be difficult to spot. You may be going through your day-to-day routine, blissfully unaware that within the wall next to you an active termite colony is doing major structural damage to your home.

Following are a few tips for catching a termite infestation before it does too much harm.

1. Look for wood damage.

One of the biggest signs of a termite infestation is wood damage. Termites burrow through soft wood, so look for small tunnels that follow the wood grain. Also be aware of areas of high moisture in your home. Water-damaged and decaying wood make great entry points for termite infestations. If you notice wood damage you think may be termite related, call a pest control company immediately.

2. Look for swarmers.

One of the first signs of an infestation in the home is the presence of swarming termites near light sources, such as windows. Swarming is an act of reproduction, and if it is taking place inside your house you most likely have a termite problem. If you see swarmers outside, be careful – they are probably attacking a house nearby.

3. Look for wings.

Another tell-tale sign of an infestation is the presence of wings around your home. Termites will naturally shed their wings during their life cycle, and these can be found in spider webs, on window sills or near wall entry points. If you see wings, call a Portland pest control company to determine the extent of the infestation.

Remember, termites aren’t only a nuisance – they can cause significant damage to a home. Contact a Portland pest control professional at the first sign of an infestation.

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