Fact is, in the US, termites strike five times as many homes as
fires do and cause more economic damage annually
than tornados, hurricanes, and windstorms combined. Because
home insurers often do not cover termite damage, homeowners spend
an estimated $5 billion each year, out of their pockets, to repair
When left untreated, termites have the longest life span of any
household pest, often living up to 15 years - or longer -- under
favorable conditions. During this time, they can leave a house
physically weakened and cause major, costly damage.
As spring approaches and temperatures heat up, we typically see
a record number of reports of termite activity. And with the
current economy, protecting your home from damage may very well be
the best investment you could make.
The experts at Arrow Exterminators propose several tips to help
you avoid termite infestations:
- As most termites are attracted to moisture, avoid water
accumulation near your home's foundation. Divert water away with
properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
- Quickly repair house damage from a leaky roof or window as
termites can thrive in this moisture.
- Never bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the yard, especially
near the building. Remove old tree stumps and roots around and
beneath the building.
- Most importantly, eliminate any wood contact with the soil.
Maintaining a 1-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the
building is ideal.
- Consider working with professionals who offer the specialized
skills necessary to rid a home of termite infestation: knowledge of
building construction, an ability to identify termite species and
the knowledge of applicable methods of termite control.
Recognizing the destruction termites can cause, it is important
to be aware of infestation warning signs:
- Swarming of winged insects in the fall and spring - termites
can easily be confused with flying ants.
- Evidence of mud tunneling in, over and under wood
- Wooden structures exhibit darkening or blistering.
- Damaged wood becomes extremely thin and can be easily punctured
by a knife or a screwdriver.
Let us know your termite experience or any tips you have to
share with other homeowners.