Problems Caused by Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termite damage takes place in wood and other items containing cellulose. The pests hollow out support beams and frames, which weakens their structure. This damage makes it easier for holes to develop in furniture, floors, and walls.
In addition, some colonies eat books, wallpaper, cotton, and other similar items. These insects can even harm pool liners and PVC pipes.
Signs of Subterranean Termite Damage
Infestations often go unseen because the pests work under the wood’s surface. Some signs of subterranean termite damage are:
- Mud tubes extending from soil to wood
- Winged termites flying near windows and doors
- Open, mud-lined channels in weak lumber
One way to check for the pests is to tap and probe wood with a tool to locate subterranean termite damage. Homeowners who find mud tubes can also crack them open. Tunnels filled with termites indicate an active infestation.
Residents can take steps to prevent subterranean termite damage. Removing debris and lumber piles close to houses limits their access. Treating all wood buried in the ground also helps homeowners avoid the insects.
Residents concerned about termites in their homes should call Western Pest Services. Experts have the proper tools to combat subterranean termite damage.