In Ohio, the main termite species to worry about is the Eastern subterranean termite. These pests live in large underground colonies with as many as two million members. The colonies feed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, meaning they can cause serious damage to homes. Over time, buildings can collapse completely.
Drywood termites are another termite species that can pose problems in Dayton and Cincinnati. While they’re not native to the state, they can sometimes hitch a ride on wooden objects like furniture. Then, they can infest structural timbers, flooring, doors, window frames, or any other dry wood in your home.
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When termites feed on wood, they eat from the inside out, and the outer surface usually remains intact. This secretive nature makes it possible for termites to remain undetected for years. While damage to wood may not be readily apparent, there are other signs of a termite infestation that homeowners should know about.
Mud tubes on your home’s foundation are a major clue that subterranean termites are present. These termites build tunnels out of mud to travel between their underground nests and their food sources. Piles of discarded insect wings, bubbling or uneven paint, or wood that sounds hollow when tapped on are some other signs to watch out for.
Drywood termites can be very hard to detect. Keep an eye out for small, round holes on the surface of wooden objects. You may also see piles of sawdust-like material around your home. This material is termite excrement.
Since these signs are easy to miss, it’s a good idea to have your home inspected by a professional. The National Pest Management Association recommends getting a termite inspection every one to three years.