As home inspection experts in Maryland, we see plenty of homes with termite damage that can make it difficult for homeowners when it comes to selling their house. Take a look at these common signs of termite presence in your home so that you can be better prepared to get these pests removed and repair the damage before listing your house for sale.

Types of Termites

Termites come in two general categories: drywood and subterranean. The former burrows deep within wooden structures in your home and the latter is primarily found underneath the ground. Subterranean termites are often more difficult to detect, as you don’t often inspect underground areas of your home and the damage can be done long before you even know they are there.

Damage to Walls

Termites often live in walls which can lead to discolored or drooping drywall, peeling paint that looks similar to water damage, and wood that sounds hollow when tapped. In addition, if you notice small, pinpoint-sized holes in your drywall, this could be another sign of termite presence.

Damage to Floors

Another space termites like to occupy is beneath the floors in your home. If you notice any of the following, have a pest control expert out to your home so that they can check for these troublesome insects and remove them promptly:

  • Buckling laminate or wooden floorboards
  • Loose tiles
  • Squeaky floors
  • Maze-like patterns
  • Wing piles

Other Damaging Pests

During home inspections, much of the damage we find is unbeknownst to the homeowners prior to inspection and typically caused by wildlife and insects that made their way into the home. It’s important to keep an eye out for any signs of damage and to have your home routinely inspected to ensure you catch pests before you have to make any large repairs. Some of the other pests we see damage from in homes throughout Maryland are:

  • Wasps
  • Bed Bugs
  • Carpet Beetles
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Cockroaches

Your Resource for Home Inspections in Maryland

When you’re ready to buy or sell a home, call the professionals at Highland Home Inspections. We offer thorough home inspections to residents and buyers all throughout Maryland and can detect the presence of termites and other pests that cause worrisome damage to your home. Contact us today to learn more about our inspection services or to book your home inspection with our experts online.