Each year termites cause an estimated $5 billion in damage to U.S. homes. That is more than earthquakes, fires, and storms combined. The problem is that they can be present in a home and the homeowner isn’t even aware of it. They can invade a home without detection and by the time they are found they have already done a tremendous amount of damage. Homeowner’s insurance usually doesn’t cover termite damage because it is considered to be preventable with regular home maintenance. You can’t afford to be without termite prevention.
Know the Signs
You are not as likely to see actual termites as you are to see the damage that they leave behind. If you see any of these telltale signs in your home or on your property, you may already have termites.
- Floors that feel spongy or weak
- Pinholes in wallpaper or drywall
- Piles of tiny, transparent wings from termites as they reproduce
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
- Mud tubes created by termites – mostly around the foundation or on walls
- Damaged wood
You do not want to get to the point where you see these signs. Get termite prevention before you see any evidence of termites. It will save you in the long run.
Ants or Termites?
Termites are rarely seen, but there are periods, usually in the spring, when you may see them swarming. There will be hundreds, even thousands, flying about; it can be quite disconcerting. However, swarming ants can have a similar appearance. You need to know the difference because one is an annoyance. The other could cost you a lot of money and be a pretty good indication that you need termite prevention.
Know the difference!
- Wings – Termites wings are equal in length and are very fragile. Ant wings are not as fragile and the front wings are longer than the rear set.
- Waists – Termites don’t have a defined waist while an ant has a pinched waist.
- Antennae – Termites have straight antennae while ants have elbowed antennae.
Are You at Risk and Need Termite Prevention?
If you don’t have any evidence of termites in your home, that’s a good thing. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you are in the clear though. If any of your neighbors have termites, you could be at risk. Termites have been known to travel the length of a football field to find food. Termite prevention is just smart. Termite prevention is much easier and less expensive than trying to deal with the after effects of termite damage.
Do you need termite prevention? North Fulton Pest Solutions offers a full range of termite prevention, protection, and treatment services. For worry-free pest control and termite prevention, call us to schedule a consultation. One of our technicians will come to your home and conduct a termite inspection of your house and yard then advise you of your options. At North Fulton Pest Solutions, we care about your home and family.