What Does Termite Damage Look Like?

How & Why Termites Damage Homes

How to Spot Termite Damage
Termite damage can be difficult to spot because it largely occurs behind drywall or beneath floorboards.

Over time, the insects chew through the wood beams that make up the structural supports of a house.

Termites generally make their tunnels and feeding areas rounded and narrow, eventually hollowing out nearly a quarter of the wood.

They may even damage cardboard and paper products, such as books and storage boxes.

Where to Find Termites
In order to survive, termites need sufficient moisture levels in the air to stay hydrated.

Their underground colonies in damp soil or rotting wood keep them moist, but the insects soon die of dehydration if exposed to the open air for long periods of time.

Even when they must travel above ground or in the open, the insects encase their paths in mud tubes.

How to Identify Termite Damage

Detection
Detecting termite infestations requires:

  • Periodic inspection of wooden areas.
  • Monitoring for the presence of mud tubes.
  • Keeping an eye open for swarms of winged termites that often appear in the springtime.

Damage
Long-term infestations can severely undermine the structural integrity of a home and cause the floors, walls, or ceilings to collapse.