Termites are a problem in San Antonio no matter what time of year it is. However, spring is often referred to as termite season because it’s the time of year when reproductive termites mate and form new colonies. This new activity, combined with the hot humid weather, keeps termites busy all through the summer. If your home was previously termite-free, this is often the time of year when you’ll end up with an infestation. If you’re not sure whether termites have invaded or not, knowing where to check for termite damage around your San Antonio home can be helpful.
Where to Check for Termite Damage Around Your San Antonio Home
Termite damage can be very difficult to find. Termites spend their lives underground or within the wooden structures in our homes, so most of the damage they cause is hidden away.
If you’ve had a termite infestation for a long time without realizing it, you may start to notice outward damage when it becomes extensive. Your walls may begin to bulge, your ceilings might start sagging, and your floors could begin to buckle. If any of these signs occur, it means you have a large termite problem that is well-established.
When termites have not been in or around your home as long, spotting their damage can be close to impossible. There are certain signs to look for, however. Termite-damaged wood occasionally has grooves along the outside of it. You may also find small holes in the wood or piles of a sawdust-like material called frass at the bottom of the wood.
Knowing where to look is just as important as what to look for. Since most termite damage in your home is going to happen within your walls, there’s no good way to check without causing damage to your house. If you have a crawl space that you can fit into, you may find signs of termite damage there.
Even if termites aren’t in your house, only on your property, it’s only a matter of time before they move in. You can check for signs of termites on any wooden structures you have outdoors, especially where wood comes in direct contact with soil. Digging into the dirt to check around the bottom of a fence post or where a porch beam is buried in the ground are often areas that first see termite damage.
What to Do if You Find Termite Damage Around Your San Antonio Home
If any of these areas turn up signs of termite damage, it’s imperative to get it taken care of right away. A termite infestation that goes unchecked will quickly grow and spread until you have a big problem on your hands.
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