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How To Tell If Your Tucson Home Has A Termite Problem

August 16, 2021 - Termites

What is the worst thing that could happen to your house? Most people worry about things like fires and tropical storms. Although these disasters are devastating, there is one thing that lessens their blow; homeowners insurance. Want to know what homeowners insurance does not cover? Termite damage. If these invasive pests severely damage your home, you will be fully responsible for paying the repair bills. Keep reading to find out some of the signs to watch for to help you identify whether your Tucson home has a termite infestation.

Damaged Wood

Most of the time, termite infestations start outside a home. We recommend beginning your inspection in your yard and around your property. Look for fallen trees, dead stumps, and other areas where wood is. Check these locations for any signs of termite damage and shift wood around to look for live workers. If you find any, it’s safe to assume that your home either has or is at risk of an infestation.

Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites are the most common species of termites in our area. These pests will either tunnel straight from exterior soil into structural wood or build mud tubes to cross any gap in order to invade a home. These mud tubes are about the width of a pencil, and you may sometimes find them inside cracks and gaps.


Once a year, fully mature colonies of termites release what are called swarmers. These winged reproductive termites have one job in life — finding a new place to build a nest. If you start seeing swarmers or their shed wings outside your house, assume they will create a colony on your property. If you find these pests indoors, it is more likely that your home is already under attack.

Moisture Damage

As subterranean termites work their way through structural wood, they spread moisture as they go. This moisture leads to some noticeable damage. Here are a few ways the spread of moisture by termites may affect your home:

  • Your floorboards and stairs will start to creak more.
  • Your doors and windows will become more difficult to open and close.
  • You will find discolored moisture spots appearing on your floors, walls, or ceiling.
  • Your drywall will start to sag.
  • Your wallpaper and paint will bubble or peel.


Another common termite species in Tucson are drywood termites. One sign these pests leave behind is frass. Frass is the culmination of termite droppings and is very similar in appearance to sawdust. Look for frass on walls and along baseboards.

Hollow Sounding Wood

The more termites eat through wood, the less structurally sound it becomes. One way to know if your walls are infested is by tapping on them with your knuckles. If they sound hollow, it could mean termites are at work.

Chewing Sounds

If enough termites are chewing away inside a wall, floor, or ceiling, they will make noise. If you place your ear to a location where you suspect termites are, you may hear the soft rustling sounds of them ripping and tearing through wooden fibers.

What To Do About A Termite Infestation

There is only one reliable way to remove and keep termites out, and that is with professional help. At Rigo Pest Prevention, our termite control starts with a detailed inspection to help assess your risk and determine if repairs are needed along with elimination and prevention services. We will walk you through everything and make sure your home is properly taken care of.

Call today to get a quote for your Tucson home.