The signs of a termite infestation are often subtle and hard to spot, but the damage they cause costs Americans billions of dollars every year*. Termites eat not only the wood of your home, but also insulation, plaster, and books, and their destruction often isn’t covered in homeowners’ insurance policies. Prevention is key, which is why PCS Pest Control Solutions offers free home inspections and professional home termite control. Do you have termites? Here are the top four signs of termite damage to look for:

Crumbling, Damaged Wood

The most well-known sign of termite damage is carved-out wood. Termites eat the cellulose out of wood, leaving behind tunnels along the wood grain. You may not always be able to see the damage, because termites may leave the outer layer of wood intact, but it will sound hollow when tapped.

Piles of Termite Pellets

Once drywood termites create nests in wood, they don’t leave. They will clean their nests, however, by pushing their droppings out of the wood. These pellets, called frass, can look like small piles of sand, salt, or pepper.

Piles of Discarded Wings

Termites swarm to start new colonies, and then discard their wings because they will never need them again. They may look like piles of fish scales. Ants often swarm at the same time of year, but while ants have larger forewings than hind wings, termite wings are all the same size.

Mud Tubes Climbing the Foundation

Mud tubes are a good indicator that your house has become an all-you-can-eat buffet. Subterranean termites use mud tubes to travel between your house and their colonies. The tubes will be about as thick as a pencil and can be found anywhere your house meets the ground. You can break open a tube to check for termites, but even if it’s empty, that doesn’t necessarily mean the termites are entirely gone.

There are many other signs you may be living with termites, but they can be easily mistaken for water damage or other household problems. Confirming a termite infestation can be difficult without training, and treating it is even harder. Many do-it-yourself termite treatments don’t address the root of the problem. If you want to get rid of the entire termite colony for good, turn to a professional service like PCS Pest Control Solutions. We know what to look for and we can customize an extermination solution for your home.

PCS also offers options to make sure your house stays termite-free. Once your home has been successfully rid of termites and the damage has been repaired, we offer a termite warranty. If termites ever return to your home, a PCS termite warranty will cover any re-treatment and removal services. Your home may also qualify for included damage repair coverage, which can make a big difference in cost if termites caused major structural damage.

Choose a professional extermination solution you can trust. PCS Pest Control Solutions has more than 25 years of experience and our skilled professionals use pet-safe products. Call today!

*According to the National Pest Management Association