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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 Two:
Homes built on slab foundations offer greater protection from termites than homes built with a “crawl space” beneath the house.
No. Houses that are built on a concrete slab actually provide easier access for termites to infest the wooden structures because of the shorter distance from the ground to the wood framing. Termites can easily build mud tubes over exposed areas of the foundation and also up through any cracks in the slab.
Termites can enter a home or building through cracks as small as 1/64th of an inch, expansion joints, foam insulation below ground, hollow bricks or concrete blocks, or through spaces around plumbing.
In severe infestations, Formosan termites hollow out the wood, leaving a paper-thin surface that may look blistered or peeled. Paint may appear bubbled and cool to the touch. By the time this evidence is apparent, however, the structural damage to a home may be extensive.
A thorough inspection by a termite control specialist is the first and most important step to protecting your home or building. A certified termite inspector is trained to use a combination of experience, tools and technology to detect the exact location of the infestations. When you catch the problem early, damage may be minimal and the solution relatively inexpensive, by designing a plan of treatment to control current activity and prevent any future infestations.