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Four Costly Misconceptions About Termites
With over 2000 species of termites, we’ve learned that termite control can be very confusing for many homeowners. In fact, there are so many misconceptions about these wood devouring insects that we decided to write this post to help you better understand them and how they can affect your property.
Misconception Number One:
You can tell very quickly when termites have infested your home because they leave a visible trail of damage.
No. The number 1 termite problem is that termites are so good at hiding that most homeowners usually don’t see the damage until the infestation is severe. That’s why the annual cost of repairing termite damage to homes in the United States totals several billion dollars each year.
According to the National Pest Management Association, the annual cost of termite damage is actually greater than the cost of damage caused by storms, floods and fires combined.
Termites make their nest in the soil around and beneath your home in very large, well-organized colonies which can have two or more million members. Formosan termites can chew their way through plywood and beams nine times faster than other species of termites and cause major structural damage to a house in three months. In comparison, it often takes subterranean termites from the three to eight years it to cause significant damage.
Termites can penetrate breaches even in treated soil and some species can build nests above ground. They can tunnel inside the wood, invisibly eating away at the lumber until only a thin shell covers the damage. Without annual inspections by a trained, licensed, certified termite technician, you might not see any visible damage to your home until the termites have already caused extensive structural damage.
These social, wood destroying insects infest your home by building moist, mud tubes that they travel through to get at on all available wooden structures…and termites don’t just stop there. They can also eat paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems.
Formosan termites devour live trees, crops, plants and have also been known to eat through non-cellulose material, such as thin sheets of soft metal (lead or copper), asphalt, plaster, creosote, rubber, and plastic, while searching for food and moisture.