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As gross as seeing a cockroach or silverfish may be — and yes, you may have a bigger problem than it first seems — sometimes you can simply exterminate it and go on with your life. But there is a bug that is more than just an unsightly pest.


Termites, aka “silent destroyers,” can chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected, 24/7, and can compromise the structural stability of a home.

And according to the National Pest Management Association, spring is prime termite season as swarmers, or winged termites, emerge looking to establish new colonies.

Indeed, in a new survey from the NPMA, 33% of respondents have — or know someone who has — experienced termite damage. Despite these findings, more than half (52%) of Americans have never had their homes inspected.

Exterminator“When it comes to ensuring the structural stability of your future home, a wood destroying organism inspection is a must,” said Missy Henriksen, VP public affairs for NPMA. “Termites cause approximately $5 billion in property damage annually, an expense not typically covered by homeowners’ insurance. Avoiding a termite or WDO inspection leaves the buyer vulnerable to unexpected out-of-pocket costs down the line.”

So how do you know if you have a termite problem? Here are some of the signs:

  1. Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home
  2. Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped
  3. Darkening or blistering of wood structures
  4. Cracked or bubbling paint
  5. Small piles of feces that resemble sawdust near a termite nest
  6. Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home


If any of these signs are present, experts recommend you contact a pest professional to properly identify the problem and termite species, and effectively remove the colony.