Termite. The very word strikes fear into the heart of a homeowner or prospective home buyer, and sours most real estate transactions. It is with good reason too, have you ever seen termites, they can make your skin crawl and your house fall. We all hear the stories, but are termites as bad as everyone says they are; yes & no. A mature colony of 60,000 subterranean termites will only eat about 2-4 feet of 2 by 4 wood a year. So it takes a while before any real damage to be visible. Now if you have an infestation of about 2-4 million, that’s a reason to be scared. Termites usually will never create a nest inside the home, usually they will just be there to gather food (wood/paper) to take back to the colony, which is underground close to the food source. The body of subterranean termites are very soft so the like damp areas, and cannot survive above ground in the dry air and heat. There are very effective ways to rid your home of them. The fastest and most effective way of killing them is the barrier system, termite poison is sprayed around the property killing all the termites, and preventing new ones from coming near. This method is most used especially when in the middle of a real
estate deal. The other method is the bait system, tubes or boxes with termite food (wood/paper) mixed with termite poison put into the ground. Termites will come gather the poison and take it back to the colony, this method is slow and is only effective once the termites find the tubes or boxes of poison. There are also some ways to protect your home from a termite invasion like, keeping all wood exterior parts away from direct contact with the ground, and keeping your foundation dry. So if you suspect termites, no need to fret, just contact a qualified termite inspector, or pest control expert, and I’m sure they will be happy to assist you.
Here are a few pest control company’s that can assist you and come out to your home and evaluate your homes condition & provide you with a free estimate