Top 5 Signs that you may have Termites

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We have just about left winter behind us here in middle Tennessee, although we still may have another month or so of cooler temperatures. It won’t be long, however, before the mercury rises, and while the warmer temps will be nice, it also means more pests like termites. Ameri Care Services want to share with you five signs that you may have termites in Nashville. While termites are active all year long, it may be more likely that you now notice signs of their activity.

Here is what to look out for:

  1. Mud tubes

Termites use mud tubes to travel to and from their food source – wood, which could be the structure of your home! These mud tubes protect them from the elements as they make their way from the outside, inside. Look for mud tubes along the foundation of your home, and in your attic. Unless you have a nice walk-in attic that is easily accessible, you probably don’t ever check your attic, but you should. Use a flashlight if you need to, and check along the beams in search of mud tubes, which could indicate a termite infestation. Keep in mind that mud tubes also may be located in areas you don’t see or frequent, which is why calling Ameri Care Services for a termite inspection in Nashville is your best bet.

  1. Tapping sounds

When a termite infestation gets real bad, you can actually hear the worker termites eating away at the wood. This sound is best described as someone typing fast on a keyboard, but you can hear the real deal in this video. If you notice this sound at all, either while inside or even walking around the outside of your home, contact a termite inspector immediately.

  1. Holes in wood

Take a look around your home, both inside and out. If you notice tiny holes in any wood beams, baseboards, walls, door or window frames, flooring, or anywhere else where there is wood in your home, this could be a sign of termites. However, termites don’t always make holes all the way through the wood, so in some cases, you may need to look out for….

  1. Hollow wood

Hollow wood is created from the termites eating away at the inside of the wood, leaving the outer most surface intact. This is why you may not actually see any holes at first, but don’t feel too crazy going around your house randomly knocking on wood to check for hollow spots.

  1. Frass

Frass is termite droppings, which basically look like fine wood shavings, similar to sawdust. If you find piles of frass in your home, it most certainly is the work of termites eating away at the wood structure of your home.

Termites can cause a lot of damage to your home, which could end up costing you thousands of dollars or more. No matter how much your home cost you when you bought it, it is an investment, and nonetheless, it is your home. Protect it by calling (615) 893-7111. We will send one of our trained technicians to assess your home for termites and recommend the best mode of treatment to get rid of those termites once and for all. We even offer year-round treatments to ensure your home remains termite-free from year to year.

Ameri Care Services provides pest control, as well as basement and crawlspace waterproofing services to homes and businesses in middle Tennessee including Nashville, Mt. Juliet, Hermitage, and Murfreesboro.