Knowing the facts about termites can help you protect your home from costly damage. Understanding the signs of termite activity and the steps to deal with an infestation will allow you to act quickly should an issue arise. Below is a list of facts that every homeowner should know about termites.
Termites are a widespread issue
There are many different types of termite species that make the United States their home. You can find termites in every state of the US with the exception of Alaska. This means that the majority of houses in the US are at risk for termite damage.
A termite colony will constantly cause damage
Termite colonies consist of many types of termites and each type has a specific job to perform in the colony. There is one queen and king termite and they keep the colony stocked with worker and soldier termites. A queen termite can live up to 25 years and has the ability to produce more than 2,000 eggs per day. This rate of reproduction allows for quick growth of the colony and a large group of worker termites that chew away at the wood of your home 24/7.
Termite damage is expensive to repair
The fact that termites consistently eat away at wood means that the damage they do can be significant. The cost to repair termite damage in North America adds up to more than the damage done by fire, floods, and storms combined. Subterranean termites require moisture to survive and often build their colonies in the soil under or near the foundation of homes. This means that much of the damage is concentrated in the foundational wood of properties. Damage is this area of a property is often expensive to repair because it is structural.
Termites are difficult to eradicate
Subterranean termites build their colonies in the soil and then construct mud tubs to travel throughout the foundational, wall, and roofing timbers of your home. They move into areas that are difficult to see or access. Signs of termite activity are easy to confuse with other common issues for wood such as rot or water damage. Because of these things, it can be extremely difficult to eradicate termites. If you fail to reach a certain area of the infestation the colony may continue to thrive and damage your property. Bringing in a termite treatment expert is the best way to ensure that you successfully eradicate an infestation.
Knowledge is a good defense against the damage that termites can cause. Understanding that a termite infestation is possible in your home will help you recognize the importance of keeping an eye out for signs of activity. Taking in the severity of the damage termites can cause will help you be quick to act if a problem arises. Knowing how difficult termites are to eradicate will save you the time and frustration that comes with attempting to treat them on your own. If you want to learn even more facts about termites then head over to the TAPS termite blog.