Friday FAQ: Recognizing the Signs of a Termite Infestation

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Friday FAQ: Recognizing the Signs of a Termite Infestation

Welcome to our Friday FAQ series, where we answer the most common questions from homeowners. Today, we're discussing an essential topic for property protection: the signs of a termite infestation. Termites are often called "silent destroyers" because they can be eating away at the structure of your home without immediate signs of damage. Knowing what to look for can save you from extensive and costly repairs.

Visible Signs of Termites

Mud Tubes

One of the most noticeable signs of subterranean termites is the presence of mud tubes. These pencil-sized tunnels are typically found near the foundation of your home and are used by termites to travel to their food source.

Wood Damage

Termites consume wood from the inside out, leaving a thin veneer of timber or paint. When you tap on an area that has termite damage, it may sound hollow because parts of the wood have been eaten away.

Swarmer Termites or Discarded Wings

During mating season, termites swarm to create new colonies. If you find swarms of winged insects in or around your home, or discarded wings near doors and windowsills, it's a strong indication of an active termite infestation.

Less Obvious Signs

Frass (Termite Droppings)

Drywood termites leave behind small, wood-colored droppings called frass. If you notice tiny piles of what looks like sawdust, it could be a sign of termites.

Paint Irregularities

Bubbling or uneven paint on wood surfaces can indicate moisture build-up, which could be due to termites.

Stuck Doors or Windows

Termites can cause warping of door and window frames, making them difficult to open or close.

What to Do If You Suspect Termites

If you notice any of these signs, it's crucial to act quickly. Contact a professional pest control service like Paragon Pest Control to inspect your home. Our experts can assess the extent of the damage, identify the termite species, and recommend an effective treatment plan.

Preventative measures, such as reducing moisture around the home's foundation and regularly inspecting wood structures, can also help protect your home from future infestations.


Termites pose a significant threat to the structural integrity of homes, but early detection can prevent severe damage. By being vigilant and recognizing the signs of an infestation, you can take timely action to safeguard your property.

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