Although termites do not pose health threats like mosquitos or cockroaches, this pest can cause significant damage to a home in a matter of weeks or months. A lot of times, the damage is not covered by insurance policies either.

So, what are some signs of termites?
What do you look for?

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Mud Tubes are a dead giveaway. They’ll look like this:

termite mud tubes

The actual insects are another clue. Be careful, though. They are very often confused with flying ants. A swarming termite will have two pairs of wings that are equal in length like this:

swarming termite

If you’re digging around in your flower beds and see a bunch of white-yellowish maggot type creatures, chances are, those are NOT maggots. They’re probably termites. Those would look like this:

termites that look like maggots

What can you do to prevent termite infestations?

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following steps homeowners can take protect their property from this unwelcome pest:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Repair fascia and soffits and rotted roof shingles. Some termites are drawn to deteriorating wood.
  • Routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and 5 inches off the ground.
  • Direct water away from your house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.

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