Termite infestation compromises the structure of a home. Termite problems require immediate attention in order to avoid the costly, time-consuming repairs that may be necessary to restore the property if left unchecked. Termites cost homeowners in the United States more than $5 billion in damages every year. Avoid the costs and the stress that termites cause by looking for signs of termites in the home and taking action before the problem gets worse.

Swarming Insects

Swarmers are termites that come out in the spring after the last freeze. The swarmers leave their nest in search of a place to start a new colony. Once swarmers end their journey, they’ll discard their wings, piles of which may be found along window sills and doors. Oftentimes, this is the only sign a homeowner has of a termite infestation.

Wood Damage is a Sign of Termites in the Home

Termites eat wood from the inside out, consuming the cellulose found within the wood. If you knock on wood structures around the exterior of the home and they sound hollow, termites are almost always the culprit.

Unusual Noises

If you hear a tapping noise in the home, it may be the sounds of termites traveling back and forth from the colony to their food source. Termites also shake their bodies or bang their heads to warn the colony of danger. A faint rattling sound also indicates termites in the home.

Termites in the Home may Build Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites build mud tubes and use them to travel between their colony and food source. This termites species is the most destructive of the three types, found most often in the eastern part of the United States. Mud tubes may be found anywhere, although near the home’s foundation is a common location.


Small piles of wood-colored pellets are frass or termite feces. These piles of what looks like a grainy, sandy substance are pushed out of the tunnels. If you find frass outside or inside the home, a termite infestation is a likely cause.

Bubbling Paint

Bubbling paint inside the home is caused by moisture. Termites are attracted to moisture. If you notice bubbling paint, look for further signs of a termite infestation.

Know the Signs of Termites in the Home

The earlier you respond to termite threats, the less damage and expense you’ll face. Learn how to notice signs of a termite infestation to help catch a termite problem early. Reach out to a professional for additional help if you discover an infestation.

Two River Home Inspections provides home inspections and other services to South Carolina. Contact us to request an inspection for termites and other wood-destroying insects.