Have you wondered how much of a threat termites in Franklin really are? If so, you're not alone. Termites are the elephant in the room. In Franklin, it isn't a matter of if you'll get termites but more a matter of when—and how bad. While there are no specific termite statistics for Franklin, there are some national statistics we can share with you to bring this threat into perspective.
Termite Facts Franklin Property Owners Should Know
In the United States, the most dangerous type of termite is the subterranean termite. Subterranean termite damage is in the billions, while the damage from all other termites is in the hundreds of millions. One study estimated that Formosan and other subterranean termite species accounted for 90% of all termite damage. Guess what type of termites we have in Franklin. Yup. Subterranean termites. Eastern subterranean termites, to be exact.
The average repair cost for termite damage in the U.S. is $3,300. This high number is mostly due to subterranean termites because they come up from the ground and feed quietly and secretly for years without being detected. In Tennessee, this average is likely to be higher because of the moisture and mild spring temperatures.
A termite queen can live 15 to 25 years. As one colony becomes two or three or even more, those colonies don't die off. The problem just keeps multiplying. It takes a homeowner an average of 20 to 40 years to pay off a home. These pests can quickly evaporate any equity you may be building.
Termites don't sleep. They are simple organisms that feed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, under the right conditions.
Almost all insurance companies do not cover termite damage except under extremely specific situations. In most cases, homeowners are left holding the bill, which can be substantial.
Okay. Termites are bad. So, what are the odds your Tennessee home will be attacked by termites? There is no way to really calculate them. All we can tell you is that the threat is real and that detecting subterranean termites is really difficult. How difficult?
Termite workers avoid the light and never show themselves. The only time you're likely to see workers or soldiers is when you're doing a home renovation or digging up some ground in your yard.
The sounds termites make when feeding are slight. Subterranean termites are so quiet, they were able to feed inside the walls of the White House for several years before they were detected. That's pretty quiet!
When a termite colony matures, swarmers are sent out. You might think that you'll see swarmers before your home is infested but swarms don't last for more than 30 minutes before swarmers mate and go into hiding. Also, swarmers are only about ⅝ of an inch long. That is from their head to the tips of their wings. They're not much to look at and easy to miss.
We wish there were more concrete figures we could give you. It just isn't that simple. What is simple is that subterranean termites are a threat to properties in Tennessee and that the threat can be mitigated by investing in termite protection. Termite damage is preventable and, when you have All-American Pest Control protect your property, your service is backed by a termite damage warranty. That means you know exactly how much you're going to pay. You can even put it right into your budget. No surprises. That is definitely the way to deal with this problem. Just ask financial expert Dave Ramsey! He would never go without having termite protection for his properties.
If you have questions or if you'd like to begin the process of getting your Franklin property protected, connect with us today. We're here to help.