Get a Termite Inspection Today
When it comes to termites, you can’t be too careful. Your home is your largest investment and it is meant to last a lifetime. Termites can cut that lifetime tragically short and they’ll do it with little to no visible evidence and even less of a warning. Termite evaluations, inspections and preventative treatments are critical in preserving and protecting your home.
You may not understand how deviously destructive the termite can be. The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites do more than 5 billion dollars in damage to US property every year. They are capable of tunneling through small cracks in concrete to get to a food source. The colony operates 24 hours a day, chewing through wood at all hours with no rest. They will forage up to 250 feet away from their nest. (That’s like searching for lunch over a 4.5 mile stroll for a human.)
There are usually about 2 to 3 colonies in a home with a termite infestation. Each colony can have as many as a million occupants and the queen of each can live for 15-25 years. Queens lay eggs at a rate of about 1 every 15 seconds. These factors are part of what makes them so difficult to combat. Killing off just one colony and even its queen may not be enough.
If your home has not been regularly evaluated and inspected for termite activity, it’s past time to have an evaluation. Termites can’t usually do extensive or wide-spread damage in the first year as the colony is getting established, but you have to catch them early. Even a little damage can make for an expensive home repair bill and many insurance policies won’t cover termite-related issues.
An evaluation is a close look at your home and its potential problem areas. This process should be a close look, a “total picture” of the structure and any vulnerability it may have for termite predation. Your evaluator should look for potential entry points, signs of current termite activity as well as past damage in the home and any signs of activity on the surrounding property.
Keeping tabs on termite activity is just one of the reasons having a year-round, comprehensive, integrated pest management (IPM) plan is so important. Seasonal inspections and preventative treatments can often end problems before they even start. If you don’t have an IPM plan or if you’ve just purchased your home, call for a termite inspection today.