Termites cause over $2 billion in damages each year. Subterranean termites cause 95% of all termite damage in North America.
Some signs of termites
Unless there are signs of active termite infestation, you probably wonít detect termites because they forage and hang out hidden from view. The most common way of detecting termites include discarded wings. Not so obvious signs include wood that sounds hollow when tapped, cracked or bubbling paint and termite droppings that look like sawdust (frass). You may also see mud tubes that look like the image pictured above.
WHAT DO TERMITES FEED ON?
They feed on cellulose-based material like wood, books, boxes, furniture and drywall coverings. Termites are constantly foraging and have been found over 150 feet from a colony.
WHY ARE TERMITES A THREAT TO MY HOME?
Termite colonies work 24 hours a day, and signs of termite infestations can go undiscovered until serious damage is done. Because homeowners insurance typically does not cover termite damage, termite detection and continued termite treatment are the best ways to help protect your property.
What Can You Do to Help Protect Your Home? Small steps make a big difference. Start by eliminating food and moisture conditions around your home. These simple steps will deter termites, making your home a less attractive target.
ELIMINATE MOISTURE PROBLEMS
Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and a/c units
Divert water from foundation
Keep gutters and down-spouts clean
Ventilate crawl spaces
Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
Get rid of standing water on roof
Keep all vents clear and open
Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
Remove Food Sources
Keep firewood, lumber, or paper away from foundation or crawl space
Get rid of stumps and debris near house
Place screens on outside vents Check decks and wooden fences for damage
Wood on your home shouldn't contact the soil
What can we do?
When you make "The Right Call, we can perform a pre-treatment for termites and put a barrier down before construction to prevent termites from entering a structure.Termites eat wood. Donít let them eat you out of house and home. They are one of the greatest hazards any homeowner faces. It has been suggested that there are only two types of homes, those that have termites and those that will have termites in the future. Whether you have a new or old home, your home is a target for termites.Wood damaged by termites is often not noticed because the exterior surface usually must be removed to see the damage. Thatís why annual inspections are so important. We will use termidor on your property and back it up with a 10 Year Warranty.