Termites are a scourge on any property, and a pest that can unfortunately cause a lot of damage without the owner even realizing. That is, of course, until the problem can't be ignored any longer. It's difficult to really assess the true costs of termites, but the estimated costs are billions to Americans every year. It's just too high a price to pay for an insect that ultimately doesn't deserve that much money. You may have heard about preventative, natural, or chemical treatments for termites and wondered which one is right for you. We'll look at the different ways to get rid of termites and what you can do to stop them from coming back.
Termites are unfortunately rather quiet pests, which is a shame considering just how much damage they can do in secret. While you might not think of these swarming, often winged insects as particularly stealthy, don't be fooled. They don't always make themselves known until they've feasted on a healthy part of your property. These pests have patterns when it comes to the types of facilities they choose, often favoring humid or cluttered grounds. They're always on the lookout for areas where they can find damaged wood too. Termite wood damage is just one sign of their presence though. We'll look at what these insects can do, how much it can cost unsuspecting property owners, and how the right prevention can save you more time, money, and headaches than you realize.
If you suspect you have a termite infestation in house, you should look for signs of termite infestation, including weak walls, piles of sawdust and mud tubes. These pests will eat wood, books, paper, insulation, and even pool liners and filtration systems. They also go after woody plants that are not healthy but will feed on living plants. Termites eat along the grain of the wood, which means that soft wood along the walls that run along the grain probably means you have termites.
When is termite season? It’s just around the corner, so you want to get ready with termite prevention to head of an infestation that could quickly get out of control. These tiny winged pests do billions in dollars of damage every year by eating through wood buildings. So, just how long is termite season? Technically, it never ends, as termites are active year-round. However, they are more active from May through September.
When termite season rolls around, the destruction it causes is in direct contrast with everything else going on around you. As flowers bloom and new life erupts everywhere, termites can destroy a home faster than owners can imagine. Every year, $5 billion worth of property damage goes down the drain due to termites, a number that could be mitigated once you understand more about termite species and termite control. Termites can go undetected for a while as they build up their colonies, but once they're on a roll, they won't stop until they've attacked as much plant material as they can. Learn more about the types of North Carolina termites that abound and what termite damage looks like.
There is no fixed amount of time for termite treatment to last, even the standard answer is around five years. Exactly how long yours will go depends on everything from who performed the treatment to the types of termites in or around the home. Liquid soil treatment may be able to go for up to eight years, a welcome timeframe for anyone who wants to save a little money on their pest control. Bait treatment may last for about a year or so, depending on the thoroughness and care of the setup. If your treatment fails to keep termites at bay, it's generally because the insects found a hole in the barrier. Just a tiny passageway can afford them the opportunity to make their way back in. Find out more about the types of treatments available and how you can make them work for you.
Now that spring is upon us; termite season is here. These silent destroyers chew through wood, wallpaper, flooring and whatever else they can in your house. Termites cause over $5 billion in property damage every year, and your homeowner's insurance most likely doesn't cover that type of damage. In most cases, by the time you notice termite damage, your home is already invaded. The five types of termites that are most common in the southeastern United States are drywood termites, subterranean termites, dampwood termites, conehead termites and formosan termites.
Termite Control Methods: Residential vs. Professional
With the current known species of termites around the world at the 3,000 mark, and rising each year, your home may be a potential food source for these hungry pests. Once termites infest a home, the damage can range from the foundation and floors to the ceiling and roof tiles, and any wood structure in-between.
Termites feed mostly on wood, but will also feed on insulation, pool liners, books, paper and filtration systems. Every year in the U.S., these pests cause billions of dollars in termite damage. They’ll also go after living plants, but prefer woody plants that are not healthy.
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.