Termites are destructive creatures. A colony of termites eats non-stop. 24 hours a day. Seven days a week. Termites are responsible for five billion dollars in property damage every year in the United States alone, according to Pest Control Technology magazine. While prevention is the best cure and can save you a great deal of money in home repairs, these are five signs that indicate you may already have a termite problem in your home:

1) Mud Tubing Along the Exterior Foundation of Your Home

These tubes serve as bridges between the colony and the wood. These tubes are about the size of a pencil and cylindrical in shape. They are constructed of wood, debris, soil, bodily waste, and saliva.

2) Mud on Landscape

This goes beyond what is natural. Mud on trees, wood fences, plants, and even dead grass can be a serious indication that you have a termite problem on your property.

3) Damage to Wood in and Around Your Home

This includes eaves, wooden fences, and wooden trim inside your home. Unfortunately, by the time you notice the damage to wood floors, walls, or wood trim inside your home; the scale of the infestation is typically significant. One way you can tell if there is damage to the wood before you see damage on the surface is if the wood sounds hollow when tapped (an indication that termites are feasting on your floors, walls, etc. from within and working their way out).

4) Tubes Inside the Home

Mud tubes on the outside can be a sign of damage. Mud tubes on the inside mean it is time to bring in a team of Arizona termite control professionals to get to work and control the situation. If you have wood inside your home that sounds hollow and test the wood with a pin knife, you are likely to find tunnels running along the grain of the wood once you dig beneath surface (something that is, quite honestly, best left to experts to do).

5) Pin Holes on Exterior Walls

These holes are typically the size of the holes thumb tacks would leave behind, and they provide an entry point for the termites into your home.

If you suspect termites are making a meal of your home, call your local Arizona termite control experts to help get this problem under control. Remember, termites are social creatures. If you have one termite, you probably have an entire colony on your hands. Count on Arizona Termite Specialist for termite control solutions; we provide termite extermination, inspection, and protection services throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Gilbert, Mesa, and Peoria.

Source: http://www.pctonline.com/article/pct0215-annual-termite-damage-quest/