February 19, 2015
This winter trifecta of snow, ice and wind may leave many homes damaged going into spring and vulnerable to the most destructive pest of all, termites.
We advise homeowners Southeast to be aware of the property threats posed by termites and brush up on some simple tips to prevent or detect an infestation as weather conditions improve.
Termites are known as “silent destroyers” due to their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. They cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year – an expense typically not covered under many homeowners insurance policies.
When spring rolls around, termites emerge from their overwintering spots in search of mates and new
structures in which to establish their colonies – most often our homes. Unfortunately, termites can be difficult to spot with the naked eye, so homeowners should routinely inspect the foundation of the home for signs of termites, including mud tubes, cracked or bubbling paint and soft wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers are a number of valuable tips to help homeowners prevent termites from inflicting serious structural damage to their biggest investment:
- Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and AC units on the outside of the home.
- Repair fascia and soffits and rotted roof shingles.
- Replace weather stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
- Divert water away from your house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
- Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
- Although the winter season isn’t quite over yet, it’s never too early to schedule a termite inspection. In fact, all homeowners should have their property inspected for termites by a licensed pest professional every one to three years.
For more information or a free home evaluation contact us today!