How Destructive Are Termites
  • Jun 18, 2019
How Destructive Are Termites? Exterminate Termites

The termites are coming! That isn't something any home or business owner wants to hear, but the reality is, termites are part of the insect world and have been for a long time. Each year, termite damage runs into the billions of dollars and much of that is not covered by insurance. 

How Quickly Can Termites Destroy Homes?

Homes that are left to fend for themselves without the benefit of a termite inspection are subject to continuous termite dining 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Termites with wings are the most visual type because they leave evidence behind that they're in the house. Subterranean termites are much harder to detect. Regardless of the type of termite, an inspection by a professional termite control specialist is something that shouldn't be put off just because you don't see any signs. One common mistake made by property owners is the identification of termites. Since they are similar in body structure to ants, the two are often confused. The pest control specialist will inspect to find the problems and provide a plan of action to eliminate the pests.

If you're in the market to buy a home or building, it is recommended using the services of a professional engineer. Their job is determining if there is any structural damage. The engineer will then provide you with an analysis of the extent of the structural damage and an estimated cost for the repairs. 

Can Termites Cause Structural Damage?

If you're wondering if termites can cause structural damage, the answer is yes; and it can be significant and costly. Another question a homeowner may ask is what does termite damage look like.

Between above ground drywood termites and below ground subterranean termites, the subterranean termite inflicts the most damage. Because of their secretive lifestyle, detection is difficult and often the damage they've caused is not discovered until significant damage to the property has occurred. 

Millions of homes are susceptible to termite damage, which can cost property owners a lot of money in structural repair. These areas may include the foundation of the building, support beams and studs, and deterioration of wood flooring, for example.

The cycle of termites that can attack your property is ongoing. Termites live in colonies and have assigned duties. The soldier is a protector of the colony. The workers build tunnels by eating through the wood, make repairs, look for sources. The king or queen can remain underground with the responsibility of producing more workers for as long as 10 years.

During that time, thousands of termites are created. These termites are either primary reproductive or secondary reproductive. The job of the primary reproductive termite is to create new colonies. The secondary reproductive termite serves as a replacement in the event the primary termite is eliminated. The long-term and ongoing lifecycle of termites contributes to their ability to continuously cause structural damage to properties that are not inspected and protected.

Contact Clint Miller Exterminating

How to get rid of termites is what the professionals will determine when you contact Clint Miller Exterminating. A termites inspection plan is part of the free inspection the company provides. Once the pest control company determines the type of termites that are infesting your property, the technicians can discuss with you the appropriate treatment plan for the current problem, which may involve bait stations to attract termites away from your home as well as liquid treatments. They may also suggestions for future inspections to avoid another infestation. Don't hesitate and wait for signs, call today and schedule an inspection with the pros at Clint Miller who've been exterminating pest problems since 1978.


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