What causes more damage to homes each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, hail storms and wind combined?
Given the title of this blog post, I hope you guessed termites. If so, then you’d be correct. These tiny critters can cause a lot of damage, because they live in big families that can include tens of thousands of members. Everyone has to eat, termites included, and their meal of choice happens to be wood. If they find a comfy home in your attic, deck, crawl space or wooden beams, your home could suffer significant damage.
According to Termites.com, termites cause an average of $30 billion in damage in the United States each year. The average homeowner who experiences a termite infestation will spend $3,000 fixing the damage.
The key to limiting the damage caused by termites is to try and catch an infestation as early as possible, before the termite colony has had too much time to turn your attic into their daily buffet. Termites are very small and they usually hide inside wooden structures so it can be very challenging to see them with the naked eye.
However, when a termite colony is finished swarming (moving to a new location), they will shed their wings. If you notice a pile of small, shiny insect wings inside your home or near wooden structures, this is a big clue that you could have a few thousand unintended house guests. Catching termites early also means you need to be on your guard and check the areas where termites are most likely to congregate. Termites feast on wood, and they usually come from the outdoors. Any wood that is close to or has contact with the ground is definitely at risk of attracting termites. This can include a wooden deck, patio or crawl space. Termites may also come from dead or dying trees on your property, so make sure to check these areas as well.
If you even suspect that you might have termites in your home, it’s worth it to call a termite inspector out to your property immediately. Termites are not a problem that will go away if you ignore them. In fact, your repair bill will increase the longer you wait. If the termite inspector finds termites, then he or she will provide you with options for getting rid of them, which may include tenting your home.
If you don’t already have a relationship with a termite extermination company, contact Best Rate Repair. We can provide you with a recommendation for honest, high-quality and reasonably-priced termite inspectors in your area. Once the termites are gone, we can send over a wood repair expert who can assess the damage and provide you with a repair quote.