Termite Prevention in Your Home

TERMITES!

How can something so small wreak so much havoc on a home?

In our home remodeling adventures, we have uncovered two homes within one month that have been affected by these single minded pests.

 

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Lisa Willard standing next to where a shower used to be. This area of the room was removed and reframed due to the extensive termite damage.

 

If you have ever experienced termites, you know the damage is not only devastating to your house but also your wallet and unfortunately most home owner’s insurance does not cover what these evil doing wood munchers can do to a home. Although termites are active all year long, they are most visible during the warmer months of March through November.

Did you know that the destruction done by these critters are a staggering 50 billion dollars each year?

Did you know a colony of termites can be over a million strong?

And how about this nasty little statistic-the termite queen can lay thousands of eggs per day. PER DAY!

Not only that, this busy royal can live up to 50 years. You do the math.

So, what do you look for and what can you do to prevent the pale demons from infesting your home you ask? We have the answers for you.

 

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What looks like coffee grounds or saw dust is actually termite droppings.

 

What to look for:

1. Swarmers or winged termites look like ants with wings. Swarmers leave the nest to establish new colonies once it reaches a certain size. Once they reach their destination, they twist their wings off because they won’t need them again. Mind blown!

2. Dirt mounds or mud tubes the width of a pencil outside the exterior foundation of the home.

2. Damaged wood or hollowed out wood. Termites eat from the inside out so soft wood can be a sign of the source.

3. Brown granules that resemble coffee grounds or saw dust by base boards, which is actually termite droppings and can be a sign of a infestation.

4. Brown spots that poke through dry wall or wood wall.

 

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Adam Willard looking at termite damage that destroyed the framing of the bottom level of a two story home, leaving it brittle and needing to be reframed.

 

What to do:

1. Remember to trim your landscaping away from your home’s foundation. Over grown bushes will hide termite mounds and entry ways into your home and also provide the perfect storm for their survival. As a mulch user, I hate to admit it, but the critters use it as a food and water source.

2. Run your vent fan in your bathroom when taking hot showers. These mini monsters thrive in moisture.

3. Do not ignore leaky faucets inside or outside your home. Termites need a water supply and your procrastination can help their haven. 

4. Make sure your eaves and gutters are clear of leaves. 

5. Keep wood piles or firewood away from your home and raised off the ground.

6. Make sure to replace any rotted fascia and/or soffits asap.

For the best prevention, I would highly recommend having your home inspected annually by a pest control specialist company.

This combined with a few honey dos on the weekend and a watchful eye can save you save your bank account and your home and if you are in need of home repairs or a home remodel due to termite damage you know who to call. 🙂

–Lisa Willard

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