Is This Termite Damage or Something Else?


No matter if your home was built this year, or 100 years ago, there will come a time when you will find something about it damaged, and you will wonder what caused it. Structural damage happens to all homes at some point. Sometimes it is minor, and other times much more severe. Today, we will be talking about the damage termites cause to homes and how you can differentiate it from other common issues.

Why Termite Damage Can Be Difficult To Identify

In nature, several things can destroy the wood in our homes, and determining the cause can be a difficult task. Is the damage you are seeing on your porch carpenter bee damage? Maybe what you're finding is carpenter ant damage. It could even just be rot from water damage. Our goal is to help you rule out these other possibilities and know for sure if your home has termites or not.

What Termite Damage Typically Looks Like

Termites are wood-destroying pests that cause damage to US homes to the tune of 5 billion dollars each year. Here in South Carolina the most common species is called the subterranean termite and is known for eating between the grains of wood where it is the softest. Another thing subterranean termites are known for is their preference for water-damaged or rotted wood over everything else.

How To Differentiate Termite Damage From Other Forms Of Damage

To know for certain that you are dealing with termites there are a few things you can look for. Do you see wood shavings around the damaged wood in your home? If so, you do not have termites as termites don’t leave shavings behind, but rather eat the wood entirely. Another thing you can look for is small mud tubes crawling up your home's foundation to get to its wood. These tubes act as highways for termites and are a clear indication that they are what you are up against.

Why Call Bugman If You Have Found The Signs Of A Termite Infestation

If you suspect termites, The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc. is here to help. To find out more about what our termite treatments entail, give us a call today. Our professionals are standing by and ready to service your pest control needs.

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