As warmer temperatures continue to set in Nashville, TN and the surrounding areas, the number of termite swarm reports is increasing rapidly. All-American Pest Control has received a record number of homeowner reports for termite swarms this spring. Take preventative measures to protect your greatest investment – your home – from termites.
Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through walls, floors and ceilings undetected. They feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products. And with upwards of 2 million members in a single termite colony, infestations are more common and more severe than people may think.
Although termites do not pose health threats like mosquitoes or cockroaches, this pest can cause significant damage to a home in a matter of weeks or months. In fact, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports that termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year, which is usually not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies.
Regular inspections and routine maintenance are necessary to stay on top of a potential termite infestation. The following steps homeowners can take protect their property from this unwelcome pest:
Repair fascia and soffits and rotted roof shingles. Some termites are drawn to deteriorating wood.
Routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
Direct water away from your house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.
Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and 5 inches off the ground.
If you suspect you have a problem, call us today for a Free Home Evaluation. A Free Home Evaluation is a thorough look from a trained professional under, inside and around your home.
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