Tuesday Tips: Monitor Wooden Structures for Termite Damage

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Tuesday Tips: Monitor Wooden Structures for Termite Damage

As part of Termite Awareness Week, we're sharing crucial tips to help you protect your home from these silent destroyers. Termites can cause significant damage to wooden structures, often unnoticed until it's too late. Regular inspections can save you from costly repairs and ensure the longevity of your home.

Why Monitor Wooden Structures?

Wooden structures, such as decks, fences, and even the framework of your house, are prime targets for termites. These pests feed on wood, and their presence can weaken the structural integrity of your home, posing safety risks and reducing property value.

Signs of Termite Damage

  • Hollow Sounds: Tap on wooden surfaces. If they sound hollow, it could indicate termite activity.

  • Visible Tunnels: Look for mud tubes or tunnels on the surface of the wood, a common sign of subterranean termites.

  • Frass: Check for termite droppings, resembling sawdust or coffee grounds, near wooden structures.

  • Warped Doors or Windows: Termites can cause wood to warp, making doors and windows difficult to open or close.

  • Cracks in Paint: Peeling or bubbling paint can be a sign of moisture and termite infestation.

Prevention Tips

  • Maintain a Dry Environment: Termites thrive in moist conditions. Ensure proper drainage around your home and fix leaks promptly.

  • Regular Inspections: Schedule annual inspections with a professional pest control service like Paragon Pest Control.

  • Keep Wood Away from Soil: Maintain a gap between soil and wooden structures to reduce the risk of termite infestation.

  • Use Treated Wood: When building or repairing wooden structures, use termite-resistant treated wood.


Protecting your home from termites is crucial for maintaining its safety and value. By regularly monitoring wooden structures for signs of damage, you can catch termite infestations early and take action to prevent further damage. If you suspect termites in your home, contact Paragon Pest Control for a thorough inspection and effective treatment options.

Stay tuned for more Tuesday Tips during Termite Awareness Week, and remember, prevention is key to keeping your home termite-free!