Public Awareness Announcement Regarding Termites

There have been a few reported cases of termite infestation and activity within the Village of Oxford.

Below are some possible signs of termite activity

  • Discolored or drooping drywall
  • Peeling paint that resembles water damage
  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
  • Small, pinpoint holes in drywall
  • Buckling wooden or laminate floor boards
  • Tiles loosening from the added moisture termites can introduce to your floor
  • Excessively squeaky floorboards
  • Crumbling, damaged wood
  • Stuck windows or doors
  • Maze-like patterns in furniture, floor boards or walls
  • Mounds of drywood termite pellets, often resembling small piles of salt or pepper
  • Piles of wings left behind after swarms, often resembling fish scales
  • Mud tubes climbing the foundation of your home
  • Flying termite swarms anywhere on your property


Below are links to possible resources for termite information (not an official endorsement by the Village of Oxford), but it is not a complete list of extermination service providers available.  If any resident suspects a termite infestation in their home, the Village strongly encourages the resident to contact a licensed exterminator for an inspection.

What are the Signs of a Termite Infestation? | Orkin

Top 5 Termite Signs to Look for in the Home | Terminix


Possible tips for termite prevention:

Start with reducing all soil-to-wood contact around your house. Remove all lumber, wood, plants, mulch, paper, cardboard, etc., from around the foundation. Create a 4-inch barrier between mulch and your home. Keep plants a few feet away from your home for the best termite prevention.