Did you know that termites cause over $5 billion worth of damage every year in the United States and termites are present in 70% of countries across the world and outnumber humans 10 to 1? Termites are also silent destroyers that can eat through wood, wallpaper and flooring without being noticed. These simple facts add up to the fact that any home is at risk to termites. You are now probably wondering how you would know if your house has termite damage and how to treat a termite infestation.
The first sign that termites have begun to infest your home is the shedding of their wings in the spring time. An average termite colony contains millions of members and before this colony settles down in the spring they send out a search team to find their perfect new home. These searchers are young king and queen termites who will shed their wings in your home leaving evidence that you have a huge problem heading your way.
Subterranean termites are the most common kind of termite to infest homes and properties in Middle Tennessee. These termites live in colonies that contain up to 2 million members and enjoy moist secluded areas, mainly underground. These termites are very destructive because they are eating wood sources 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They can quickly cause extreme damage to your home without you even noticing because they actually work from the inside out of wood structures they are feeding on. This can compromise the structure of your home and just to make matters a little worse, termite damage is usually not covered under house insurance.
How can you protect your home from such an elusive and destructive little insect? Subterranean termites love moist areas that make destroying wood easier. To prevent this it is best to fix leaky faucets immediately, replace any damaged wood in your home, seal off any outside cracks or holes and direct water away from your house and property.
If you believe you have a termite infestation the best way to deal with an infestation is to call a professional pest exterminator. They will have the best knowledge to help you in this situation. Termite infestations can be very costly and damaging to your home and family. Professional exterminators can identify the type of termite and the extent of your problem. Once we know what you are up against we have all of the correct tools to help you eliminate your termite problem and keep them from returning. Click here to learn more about our green termite control using the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System!
Subterranean termites are extremely invasive and can cause massive damage quickly. It is best to get the termite damage under control as quickly as possible and to eliminate any future problems. Don’t wait, give us a shout today!