Termites are THE Most Serious Threat Your Home May Face!

No matter how your house is constructed, where it's located, or how old it is, it could be attacked by subterranean termites.  They are a threat across 70% of the world and in every part of the United States except Alaska.  They cause $2-3 billion worth of damage eaach year in the U.S. alone--damage that is not covered by most homeowner's insurance.  They are, in fact, the most serious threat your home may face.

Eastern Subterranean

The Subterranean Termite Colony

The termites most likely to attack your house are subterranean termites.  There are several different species in the U.S.  The Eastern Subterranean Termite is the most dominant termite species in the Eastern half of the country, and is the most economically important termite in the U.S.  All are social insects that live in large, underground colonies.  Although they could number in the millions, you might never see them or any evidence of them--until you discover that they've don't serious damage to your home.

How do Termites get in?

Once termites have discovered your house, they will search it for food--wood fiber.  They will squeeze through cracks as narrow as the thickness of a sheet of paper.  Expansion joints, foundation cracks, tiny gaps around plumbing, and electrical service entries are all opportunities for termites to enter your home.  In homes with basements, they can enter where the floors and walls meet, and through smalls openings in the walls themselves.

Look For Signs

Termites often leave some evidence of their presence.  Look for small holes in wood, crumbling drywall, or sagging doors or floors.  Insects wings are another sign, as termites shed their wings when they swarm.  Look also for the shelter tubes termites build to serve as their passageways across masonry or along pipes. 

Keep in mind though, just because you don't see any termites or termite damage, that doesn't necessarily mean they're not there.  That's why it's important to have a professional inspection of your home to ensure it's termite free.

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