Every property manager knows that pest problems at properties have to be dealt with quickly and effectively. There are a number of different pests that can cause trouble in properties including roaches, rodents, ants, and termites. Of all the pests on that list, termites pose the biggest threat the structure of homes and other buildings. Every property manager should learn the basic facts about termites in order to protect their properties from these pests.
Termites can cause expensive damage
The latest stats show that the costs to repair termite damage nationwide each year is higher than the cost to repair damage from all natural disasters combined. This shocking fact shows just how destructive termites can be to the properties you manage. One of the reasons termite damage is so expensive is because the initial damage can lead to secondary damage. For example, if termites eat away at the foundational wood of a property it can lead to structural problems. Structural problems can cause cracks in walls, floors, and windows. If it is severe, this type of damage can even lead to a property being unsafe for occupancy. Repairs for this type of damage will quickly add up. Termites have the ability to cause this level of damage in part because of their persistence. A colony can eat away at the wood of a property 24/7 and will not stop until you intervene.
Termite activity can be difficult to detect
If you discover termite damage that led to structural issues it means that termites have been active in the property for a long time. In order to protect the properties you manage from severe termite damage you need to discover it long before structural damage occurs. The problem is that termite activity can be difficult to detect. These pests spend a lot of their time eating away at wood that is difficult to see or get to. Termites are often found eating away at wood underneath properties and inside of the walls. In addition, to the untrained eye termite activity and damage may go unnoticed. If you are not trained to recognize termite activity and damage it could be right in front of you without you realizing it.
Termites are difficult to eradicate
Termites are difficult to eradicate on your own because they are often in hard-to-reach places like under the property and inside the walls. If you do not treat the termites appropriately from the beginning you risk leaving part of the colony alive. Failing to completely eradicate an infestation will continue to leave the property you manage vulnerable to termite damage. The most effective way to eradicate a termite infestation in the properties you manage is to hire professional help.
Protecting the properties you manage from termite damage is an important part of your job. Fortunately, doing this is not a difficult or time consuming task. You can work closely with a termite professional in your area to have the properties you manage inspected for termites, treated, and then protected going forward.