Spring is almost here! This time of year when the weather gets warm, termites can be most active in your home. Did you know that termites and fungus create $2 billion worth of damage to homes each year? What’s worse, this type of damage is rarely covered by homeowner’s insurance. Luckily, Eliminate ‘Em Pest Control has over 30 years’ experience handling these pests.
Termites, small insects from the cockroach family, chew through more than just wood. In the path to find cellulose, these pests frequently eat through rubber, foam, insulation, electric lines, plastic, metal and plaster. The damage may appear after six months or could take years to become evident.
In any case, when you ignore these pests, keep in mind that a colony can consume 16 grams of materials per day – amounting to 13 pounds per year. If you suspect termites have invaded your home, call 1-866-802-7378 for same-day service!
What Does Termite Damage Look Like?
If your home has a termite infestation, the long-term structural damage caused by these pests should be a top-of-mind concern. While rare, termites have made buildings collapse by attacking the foundation. Early stages resemble mud tubes, which widen with time. The cracks in the concrete foundation widen, weakening the structure. For pier and beam foundations, the damage is more traditional. Termites can also wreak the following havoc on your property:
- The damage can become so pervasive that termites attach to and chew through cabinets, floors and ceilings.
- It might appear like water damage at first – buckling wood and swollen floors or ceilings.
- After some time, you’ll notice visible termite mazes in the walls and furniture. The wood’s veneer may crack eventually, exposing the pests.
- Your home begins to develop a scent similar to mold or mildew.
- You’ll spot them chewing mazes through antique furniture.
- Your home may show no signs of visible damage, but you’ll notice a swarm outside of your home. In events like this, save some of the dead insects for evidence.
Certain types of termites are known to attack different areas of your home:
- Dampwood – As the name implies, this species goes after moisture. This could be any place with a leak, drip or rotting wood.
- Drywood – This species goes after materials like wallpaper, plastic and fabric.
- Formosan Termites – Although known to eat through wood and fabric, this species builds its nests underground, within walls and on boats.
- Subterranean Termites – While this species needs contact with soil, they’re known for eating into a home’s foundation, exacerbating structural damage.
At the first sign of termites, get professional pest exterminators involved. Eliminate ‘Em’s termite control specialists are on-call 24/7. Contact us today for an estimate!