Termite infestations can cause tremendous damage to homes in Canada. Typically, homeowners only spot termites when property damage is extensive. In many cases, qualified home inspectors are the first to spot signs of termite activity. Termites eat their way through cellulose-based materials and can severely damage a house’s wooden framework.
Like most pest problems, prevention is key to avoiding any type of pest damage. However, it’s also vital to recognize signs of a termite infestation. If you’re a Calgary homeowner, how can you tell if you’ve got a potential problem with termites?
This article explains some ways to inspect your home for termite damage.
First, it’s crucial to remember that termites don’t just infest homes in tropical or hot arid climates. The Canadian Encyclopedia says that there are three main species of termites in Canada. These are the western subterranean termite (Reticulitermes hesperus), the damp wood termite (Zootermopsis angusticollis), and the eastern subterranean termite (Reticulitermes flavipes).
How to Spot a Termite Infestation
Here are the top three signs of termite activity in homes.
1. Mud tubes
First, inspect your home’s exterior and basement for mud tubes. This sign of termite damage looks like someone has painted thin brown dirt lines on your home. If you scrape the mud off, you may even see the small white, translucent creatures at work.
2. Wood that sounds hollow
Second, tap on wood to see if it’s hollow. Termites cause damage to homes by burying through wood and making tunnels. Eventually, these tunnels weaken wooden structures. The only way to check for a termite infestation is to knock the wood. Does it sound hollow? If so, it could be an indication of termite activity.
Another pest issue in Canadian homes causing damage like termites is moisture ants.
3. Damaged baseboards and drywall
To check your home for termites, look for bubbling on baseboards or drywall. Or you could notice that tiles become loose or the floor appears to sag. If the damage is extensive, you may even see that the wood has begun to crumble.
To prevent termites from invading your home, it crucial to limit moisture levels around your home. This means fixing leaking faucets and improving drainage. If you do this, you will also avoid dampness and mold issues—two more reasons why your home could fail a home inspection.