Dealing with Termites Within Your Walls: What is the Best Approach?

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Termites are destructive pests that can invade any home. These pests feed on wood, particularly the wood in your home’s foundation and structure. They can be attacking your home’s wooden structures for years without being noticed. Winged termites swarm in summer to find places to begin a new colony. While various kinds of termites live in Denver, subterranean termites tend to pose the biggest risk. These insects can be found in different wooden parts of your house, including your walls. If you think you have a termite issue, have a Saela Pest expert inspect and treat your home right away. You want to stop termite activity as quickly as possible to prevent them from causing further damage to your house. Keep reading to learn more about handling termite activity within walls:

Do Termites Nest in Walls?

Termites can live and nest within your home’s walls, whether wood is available or not. They burrow into walls and feed on structural wood available beneath the surface. Often, they go undetected by people. All species of termites love dark, damp, secluded spaces close to food and water. 

Signs of Termite Activity in Walls

Below are indications that termites may be nesting and living in your walls:

  • Poorly sealed windows and doors. If your windows and doors are not closing easily anymore, this could mean that termites have compromised them. These pests eat away at the walls’ wooden components, weakening such wooden structures. Such structures become loose over time, which makes it more difficult to open and close your windows and doors. 
  • Carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are drawn to termites as they feed on their waste. The presence of these ants along the walls could indicate termite activity in them. 
  • Blistered paint. Termites in your walls may travel under the drywall’s surface when they get from point A to point B. Then, they make blistering paint that looks like tiny wall tunnels.
  • Frass piles. Termites produce waste called frass, which is a powdery dust usually found at the base of walls. The presence of frass is a sign of termite damage to your interior walls. 
  • Flying swarms. Winged termites emerge from walls and be in swarms inside your house and near walls. After they come off your walls, they can leave behind shed wings on the floor, on window ledges, or near walls. 
  • Tiny holes. Oblong pinholes in the walls could be the exit holes for swarming termites. Such holes are created as winged termites emerge from the walls to find a suitable place to settle. 

Getting Termites Out of Your Walls

Termites are hard to eliminate, particularly if you have established a big colony. If you suspect that you have a termite issue, consult a pest control expert immediately. If you notice a termite infestation, it may already be well-established. Pest control experts have extensive knowledge of and experience with termite behaviors and habits. They use a multi-prong approach to termite elimination to guarantee the highest quality results without compromising your safety and the integrity of your home.