Termites in the Walls: How to Determine Whether You Have Them

Termites are inconspicuous, destructive pests. Termites can live in your walls and chew through the wood, causing costly damage while leaving little to no evidence of their presence. As a result, you must keep an eye on them and intervene quickly if necessary.

Get an annual termite check done in addition to implementing preventative measures. To minimize termite infestations and significant building damage, contact Rove Pest Control.

What Termites Look Like in Walls

Due to the difficulty of detecting termites in your home, you should be vigilant for any signs of an infestation. Here’s a rundown of all the warning indicators to look out for:

The Wall Has Pinholes

There are two types of pinholes: one that is filled with soil and one that is not. Drywood termites will not cover the holes with dirt, whereas subterranean termites would. Termites have eaten through the walls and created these pinholes.

Marks on Drywall or Tube-like Tunnels

Your home’s drywall attracts termites because it is made of paperboard, which contains cellulose, which is the primary food source for termites. Consequently, termites tend to damage drywall frequently and require repairs.

Deterioration of the Wood Panels

Termites adore wood, including wood paneling and trim, as well as your floors and walls. As the colony expands throughout your home, you’ll see termite damage in wood paneling and trimmings. Faint lines on wood or drywall, indicating their network of tunnels, are among these symptoms.

Walls with Hollow Sounds

Tap softly on your walls if you think you have an infestation. Are they hollow in sound? The presence of sound in the walls implies considerable damage, meaning that a large amount of wood has been lost.

Paintings on the Walls Peeling

Water leaking would appear on a termite-infested wall. On the wall’s surface, chunks of bubbles appear, and paint peels off in various places. A termite infestation causes the wall to become hollow, allowing moisture to penetrate. Inside, the water will evaporate, and the evaporated water will try to escape, leaving lumps on the wall.

Dust of Termites

Termite dust will be visible beneath affected areas if you have a termite infestation. Termites commonly discharge them through pinholes in the ground. Termite excrement and wall grime will be part of the dust.

Wall baseboards have cracks in them.

Termites infiltrate dwellings from below, creeping up the walls from the foundation. As a result, termites infest the wall baseboards.

You might also hear hollow sounds and see the baseboards shatter if you tap lightly on them. One of the worst combos is baseboards with hardwood flooring.