Termites are generally subterranean insects that need a moisture source to survive. Subterranean termites are present in the majority of states excluding Alaska. A termite infestation is extremely hard to detect as they are subterranean so signs of infestation are not immediately obvious as you don’t see the insects crawling around the inside of your home.
Termites cause over $5 billion worth of damage to American homes yearly according to the National Pest Management Association. Most homeowners’ insurance plans will not cover damage due to termites. Therefore, early detection of termites and termite prevention plans are essential for protecting your home.
In nature, termites feed on fallen trees and old tree roots. However, in homes termites feed on the actual wood of your home causing structural damage. Termites live in colonies and are always actively feeding on cellulose found in wood. Signs of termite infestation can go unnoticed until such time as serious damage has already occurred.
Risk areas in the home include the exterior as water from downspouts and overflowing gutters can cause excessive moisture near the foundation. Termites like to follow utility pipelines to enter the home and use its wood as a food source. In addition, dirt-filled porches and wood chips or mulch which touches the foundation can be excellent food sources for termites and therefore a risk area.
You should contact a pest control company to for early termite detection. A professional exterminator can inspect your home and eliminate a termite infestation. Protect your largest investment, your home, today by getting a customized protection plan from the professional experts at a local pest control company.