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Did you know that there are about 2,000 known termite species in the world? According to Pest World, there is more than $5 billion in property damage each and every year. These silent destroyers can eat through wood, wallpaper, and flooring and sneak by undetected for years. Most people don’t realize they have an infestation before it’s too late.

Here’s what you need to know about termites:

What are Common Termites in Lubbock I Should Know About?

  1. Drywood Termites – Drywood Termites do not require contact with the soil. They establish nests in roof materials and in wooden wall supports.
  2. Subterranean Termites – This type of termite needs contact with soil to survive. Because they are found in every state (besides Alaska), they are considered the most destructive species in the US. They create pencil sized mud-tubes around the foundation that connects the nest to the food source.

What are the signs that you might have termite damage?

  1. Tiny, Termite Tubes Around the Foundation of Home – Check around the foundation of your home. If you see tiny holes, it might be a sign that you have or have had termites because termites can burrow in the soil to connect moisture to the food source.
  2. Wall Damage – Every now and then, termites will bore holes through walls. Other than that, it can often look be mistaken for water damage. Watch for bubbling or uneven paint.
  3. Damaged Wood – According to Entomology at the University of Kentucky, wood damaged by termites “is usually hollowed out along the grain, with bits of dried mud or soil lining the feeding galleries.” Try tapping the wood to see if it sounds hollow – this might be a sign that termites are feasting on your home.
  4. Discarded Wings – When termites swarm out of their nest to start a new colony, they fly once at a time. When they land, termites intentionally twist their wings off because they do not need them. Check window sills, doors, and other home access points for wings.

Where Should I Check for Termite Damage?

  1. Wood construction
  2. Sills, Support Posts, Wood under porches
  3. Scrap wood around your house – including fence posts, old tree stumps, etc.

Termites are tricky buggers. They can ruin one of the biggest investments of your life. We want to help you be prepared – these are just a few suggestions. Our Bug Off experts can help you identify the most effective termite treatment option to exterminate the pesky and destructive intruders. Give us a call today and learn more about our pest control services.