When it comes to identifying termite damage in your Tennessee or Mississippi home, there’s typically more bad news than good. Termite damage is difficult to identify. Oftentimes, by the time it becomes clear that you're dealing with a termite problem in your home, the damage has already become severe.
What Does Termite Damage Look Like?
Termite damage often looks like small grooves on the side of a piece of wood. You could compare it to what would happen if someone took the tip of a dull knife and carved shallow lines on the wood. Inside the wood, termites are digging tunnels. However, since you can’t see inside, it’s possible for a piece of wood to look completely normal on the outside, even if inside it’s riddled with tunnels.
Where Can I Find Termite Damage?
Since termite damage happens almost exclusively inside a wood structure, it’s difficult to find signs of termite damage. Even when the damage is out in the open, it’s usually in a crawl space and is difficult to inspect. Do you have wooden structures outside your home that have direct contact with soil, such as fence posts or porch beams? Dig into the soil several inches to look for signs of the grooves termites sometimes leave on the outside of wood.
The other way you may see termite damage is when it’s become so extensive that it begins to affect the structural integrity of your home. In this case, you may notice that your walls start to bulge, your ceilings and floors begin to sag and buckle, and your windows and doors become difficult to open and close.
The Best Way To Identify Termite Damage In Tennessee And Mississippi Homes
The best way to identify whether your home has termite damage is to get a professional inspection. Proven Pest Management employees expert technicians who are trained in identifying the subtle signs of a termite infestation. Our technicians know what to look for and where to look, and will even check the hard-to-reach places.
What To Do If You Have Termite Damage
If you or a professional identifies termite damage in your home, it’s vital to quickly address the problem. Termites will not go away on their own. They will stay in your home until the damage has become extensive. Proven Pest Management provides termite protection plans that will make and keep your home termite-free. And because we’re so sure of our service, we offer a one-year guarantee. If you think you have a termite problem, or wish to schedule an inspection to find out for sure, contact Proven Pest Management!