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Ack, I see tunnels around my baseboards! They almost look like a pencil! What should I do? Seeing this is
a common sign that you have subterranean termites. If you are asking yourself this, it’s time to get a
termite inspection, and fast. Subterranean termites are the most common type of termite in Texas.
termites are a leading cause of structural damage to your home.

What kind of damage do termites cause?

While termites don’t usually cause cosmetic damage to your home, they do cause more serious damage. To the
very structure of your home. termites love dry wood. They eat into any wood, including support beams,
floor joists, ceiling beams and much more of your home that keeps it standing. Left untreated, you may
find that your home has serious issues. Major damage can occur requiring thousands of dollars in repair,
before you have issues like your floor collapsing suddenly beneath you. Think this is extreme? Well, yes,
it is, but I have seen it happen.

In nature, termites do serve a useful purpose in helping dead trees to compose and turn back into fertile
soil, however, they do the same to the wood in your home when you have an infestation. Unfortunately,
termites are often not easily spotted. They hide in the dark in areas you don’t usually see. termite
damage can be severe even before you detect that you have damage.

What is the best way to prevent damage from termites?

There are steps you can take to help prevent infestations, such as reducing moisture around
your home, making sure wood siding is off the ground, and getting rid of cellulose so they don’t
have a food source. However, the best prevention, since termites can be very difficult to detect
is to get an annual termite inspection. Bug You Not pest offers such inspections. And if you have
a termite problem, Bug You Not can help you get rid of these pests and keep them from coming
back. So, if you haven’t had a recent inspection, call Bug You Not pest, today! Learn more here.

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