Each year termites cause billions of dollars in property damages. Not only can termites eat away at your time and money, but they can also be silent destroyers to the structure of your building. Since they are such a damaging force, you will not know they are there until you or your customers see the remnants left behind from an infestation.
Below are three common signs of termite infestations:
Signs Of A Termite Infestation - Wood Damage
Termites are attracted to wood and tend to eat from the inside out, not only can they cause structural damage, but they tend to leave a trail of destruction in their path. You should be on the lookout for buckling wood, swollen floors, ceilings, or wood that looks like water damage. Also, look for visible mazes or etchings on wooden walls and furniture.
Signs Of A Termite Infestation - Frass
As termites eat through the wood in your building, they produce frass. This is a result of their waste product, which you might see near windows and other areas where the wood has been eaten away to make room for tunnels. If you find patches of what looks like sawdust or tiny pebbles, you are likely dealing with a termite infestation.
Signs Of A Termite Infestation - Tunnels or Mud Tubes
The most common indicator of termite activity is the presence of tunnels or mud tubes around the foundation of your building. Termites use these mud tubes to keep their nests moist and travel between a food source and the soil. You will typically find these on vertical surfaces, near windows, fences, and walls.
Think you might have a termite infestation on your property? There is no need to panic! Contact Express Facility Management as soon as possible to prevent any further infestation and costly damages to your facility.